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"That's Easy for You to Say: Writing Effective Dialogue" with David Eric Tomlinson

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Location
St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

2/2/2019 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM



 

$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

Registration for this class has closed. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows at the member walk-in rate of $59 and non-member rate of $119.

 

Do you admire movies, like those by the Coen Brothers, with quick, sharp dialogue?

Do you want to increase tension (and improve almost every area of storytelling) with better dialogue?

Dialogue is the internal combustion engine of an effective story, generating a feedback loop of action and reaction that can add tension, drama, absurdity, or conflict to your story. It's also one of the most versatile multi-tools in a writer's arsenal, capable of revealing character or motivation, all while advancing your plot and deepening a sense of mystery or suspense. In this seminar, we'll examine how dialogue, done right, can propel your manuscript to new heights.

 

TAKE THIS CLASS IF

  • Your dialogue sags or seems bland.
  • Your writing has a lot of action and description but not that third piece (dialogue) to carry it forward.

 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

David Eric Tomlinson was born and raised in Oklahoma, educated in California, and now lives in Texas. His first novel The Midnight Man was listed as a 2017 top crime debut by Austin’s independent bookstore BookPeople, and was shortlisted for both the PEN Southwest Book Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Sergio Troncosco Award For Best Work Of First Fiction. David has participated in Literary Death Match, contributed to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and teaches craft classes for a variety of writing groups in Texas. He lives in Dallas.

 

LOCATION

St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, Trustee Hall 303. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.

 

REGISTRATION

$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers

 

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, January 31. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at wlt@writersleague.org or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.

 

HOW WRITERS' LEAGUE OF TEXAS CLASSES WORK:

Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.

 


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

 


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to
www.arts.texas.gov.


 

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

 

 

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit www.stedwards.edu.