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Master Class: Even More True: Writing Dialogue with Emma Copley Eisenberg

$70.00 · June 5

In this class, we will look at both the truth-telling possibilities of dialogue and how, on the level of mechanics and craft, these possibilities can be achieved.

Start Date

June 5

Day(s) of the Week

Wednesday

Class Times

7:00pm – 9:00pm CT

Sessions

1

Location

Chicago Studio

Instructor

Price

$70

In stock

Description

When we write dialogue, we’re not so much mimicking the way people really talk as we are conjuring, distilling, and performing an act of translation. The result, according to Anne Lamott, should be “even more true than what was actually said.” The best dialogue reveals people and meaning in ways outside of the author’s control and expands the scope and power of the work; the worst wastes opportunities or sends a reader running. In this class, ideal for writers of fiction, memoir, plays, or screenplays, we will examine writers like Grace Paley, Justin Torres, Henry Hoke, Sam Cohen, and Alexander Chee to look at both the truth-telling possibilities of dialogue and how, on the level of mechanics and craft, these possibilities can be achieved.

About Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, Housemates, will be published by Hogarth on May 28, 2024, and she is also the author of the hybrid nonfiction book The Third Rainbow Girl which was named a New York Times Notable Book and Editor’s Choice of 2020 and nominated for an Edgar Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Anthony Bouchercon Award among other honors. She lives in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts.