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"Giving Your Manuscript a Voice with Dialogue" with Natalia Sylvester

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ACC Highland Campus, Room 2210
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

2/24/2018 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Online registration for this class has closed. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers. Thank you!

$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

 *This class can also be purchased as part of the Craft Essentials: Fiction Package. You can find more information about it here.

Want to write dialogue that's as captivating as the irresistible conversation happening next to you at the coffee shop?

Conversation is at the heart of how we communicate, and yet writing dialogue can be a tricky undertaking. In this half-day class, participants will study examples of great dialogue and work on writing exercises that will get your characters talking. This class will also address common dialogue-related concerns: How do you make your characters’ conversations sound natural? How do you craft vibrant, distinguishable voices? How do you avoid dialogue that slips too far into exposition?

Great dialogue brings characters to life as it creates conflict and drives a story forward. This class is for writers of all levels and genres who are interested in writing dialogue that drives story forward and that says so much more than the words do.



  • You want your dialogue to snap, drive the story forward, and build character.
  • You're writing a novel, memoir, or short stories.



Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novels Chasing the Sun and the forthcoming Everyone Knows You Go Home. She is a faculty member of the low-res MFA program at Regis University. Her work has appeared in Latina magazine, Writer's Digest, and Her Twitter and Instagram handle is @NataliaSylv.



ACC Highland Campus, Room 2210, 6101 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78752. You can find an ACC Highland campus map here.



$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, February 22. 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 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


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