The Porch: Dialogue, Subtext, & Scene

With a few exceptions, great stories are made up of great scenes.  Scenes are the building blocks of stories: they’re where the action happens, where characters are revealed, where conflicts emerge and are resolved (or not).  And no scene is complete without effective, convincing dialogue.  In this class, we’ll explore techniques for crafting quality dialogue; we’ll examine how dialogue can reveal character and conflict in both direct and indirect ways; and we’ll learn how what’s around dialogue—tagging, blocking, key descriptions, sensory details, etc.—contributes to the scene as a whole.  This workshop will include in-class exercises, voluntary sharing of work-in-progress, and group discussion of student and published work.