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SUMMER NOVEL SERIES: Dialogue Workout with Joseph Scapellato

$65.00

This one-session course will take you through a rigorous but playful back-to-the-basics study of dialogue in fiction.

Start Date

July 14

Class Times

6:30pm – 8:30pm CT

Day(s) of the Week

Thursday

Sessions

1

Location

Zoom (online)

Instructor

Price

$65

In stock

Description

This class is part of our “Summer Novel Series,” a variety of single-session classes on Thursday evenings designed to tackle one element of novel writing in each class. You can take one class, pick and choose, or take all of them! You can find all other classes in the series here.


Are you struggling with dialogue in your novel? Maybe you feel like you’re running out of gas, dialogue-wise—like what your characters are saying isn’t quite loaded with the meaning, energy, or excitement you’re seeking. Or maybe it’s just that dialogue in your novel hasn’t been fun, lately.

If so, you might be due for a dialogue workout!

This one-session course will take you through a rigorous but playful back-to-the-basics study of dialogue in fiction. We’ll review seven basic forms of dialogue, practice “dialogue on a slant,” and consider the distinct phases of a sequence of dialogue within a larger passage. Through discussion, lively examples, and a set of interactive dialogue-based exercises (a workout), you’ll have the chance to actively revise and/or generate new dialogue for your current projects—you’ll create material that you can use right away.

You’ll leave this class with practical and immediately applicable ideas for dialogue in your novel, no matter where you are in your process.

About Joseph Scapellato

Joseph Scapellato is the author of the novel The Made-Up Man (2019) and the story collection Big Lonesome (2017). He was born in the suburbs of Chicago and earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His work appears in Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Post Road, and other places, and has been anthologized in 40 Stories, Gigantic Worlds: Science Flash Fiction, and The Best Innovative Writing. Joseph is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Bucknell University and lives in Lewisburg, PA, with his wife, daughter, and dog. He's been teaching classes at StoryStudio Chicago since 2015.