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

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4/18/2019 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST


$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

Everyone who registers will have access to the class recording for one week.

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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.



  • 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.



  • "I was at times riveted, at times smiling, at times both. Thoroughly enjoyed the class and learned a lot at the same time!"
  • "David Tomlinson was outstanding. Knowledgeable, clever and full of ideas."
  • "The information was revelatory, not readily accessible by other means and presented cogently."



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.



Online Class



$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 5 p.m. CST on Thursday, April 18. 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 or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



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


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


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