What We Talk About When We Talk About Dialogue (Online)

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Taught by Joe Pfister

Joe Pfister is a writer, teacher, and Tecmo Super Bowl enthusiast living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in such publications as PANK, Juked, and New World Writing. He is a graduate of the MFA Writing program at Sarah Lawrence College and currently serves as fiction editor for The Boiler Journal.

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Great dialogue should have two goals: to 1) demonstrate conflict (i.e., further the plot) and 2) develop or reveal character. But how do we manage this sophisticated multitasking without our dialogue becoming stilted or, worse, mere filler? During this two-hour craft class, we will explore the work of Louise Erdich, Richard Ford, and J. D. Salinger to see how we can create tension, employ humor, and build character—all in the hope of driving our stories toward a more richly textured and satisfying completion.

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