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Dialogue in fiction

31 July, 2019 @ 18:30 - 20:30

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Dialogue in fiction course


This course focuses in on a fundamental skill of writing fiction: dialogue.

Too many times, writers miss the mark on this vital element, either through overthinking or not giving it enough thought at all! The tone of a character’s voice can level up your story’s dynamic in new and interesting ways.

Structuring speech purposefully on the page brings flow and natural rhythm to your writing. In short: neglect to work on your dialogue and you do your story and its characters an injustice.

In the first of this two-session course, we’ll walk through some of the mistakes I’ve seen as a proofreader and editor, guiding you to hone the conversational aspects of your characterisation. In the second session, you’ll come back with a piece you’ve worked on, ready to go through it with a fine tooth comb and bring it to the next level.

You will…

  • Understand common mistakes in writing dialogue and how to combat them
  • Understand how to write dialogue with both technical proficiency and for furthering character and plot
  • Write dialogue with purpose and effect

About Emily Suzanne Young

Emily is one-third of the team at Wordsmith_HQ, an online, creative platform dedicated to developing writers and their craft, advice and workshops, and publishing emerging and established writers. She completed her Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Loughborough University in 2017, with an emphasis on young adult and children’s fiction. She now runs her own proofreading and copyediting business, The Loughborough Pen, as well as her own creative endeavours. Previous to this, she had worked as a secondary school English teacher.

Book your place

The second session will take place on Wednesday 31st July at 6.30pm. The price of this 2-part course is £25 for NWS members and £30 general admission. Book your place below, or to find out about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


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31 July, 2019
18:30 - 20:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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