Masterclass: Dialogue in Fiction

Masterclass: Dialogue in Fiction

Writing engaging and believable conversations
  • Charlotte Mendelson
Date Friday December 15th 2023, 11:00-13:00 GMT
Location Online

Dialogue in fiction: we all know it’s important but many of us fear it, even though we talk, in real life, in person, online or by phone, constantly. So why is dialogue so mysteriously tricky? How and when should we use it to make our characters more three-dimensional, our plots more compelling, our fiction as a whole more textured and interesting? And what are the secrets to making every line tighter, sharper . . . like real life, but better?

In this Masterclass, prize-winning novelist Charlotte Mendelson will explore the methods other writers have used to create believable, engaging dialogue, and help you to make your own characters’ conversations shine.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £35

Concessions: £17.50

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, a limited number of half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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