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"Talk to Me: Writing Dialogue that Rings True & Speaks Volumes" with Natalia Sylvester

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St. Edward's University, Moody Hall 204
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

4/22/2017 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

$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 has closes. Walk-up registrations will be accepted at the door for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Location Note: This class is held in Moody Hall, Room 204. This is a different building from past years' classes at St. Edward's University. You can find a campus map here

Conversation is at the heart of how we communicate, and yet writing dialogue can be a tricky undertaking. In this half-day class, we’ll study examples of great dialogue and work on writing exercises that’ll get your characters talking. We’ll 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 speech that says so much more than the words do.


About the instructor: 

Natalia Sylvester is the author of the novel 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.

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NOTE: 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. For policies, please visit our
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