He Said, She Said: Define Your Characters with Dialogue

2024 October | Members Only

WHEN: October 1, 2024 – October 31, 2024 via GroupsIO

Course Description:

He Said, She Said: Defining Your Characters with Dialogue, is a four-week workshop.

If you’re like most writers, you’ve probably taken a number of classes and read even more about writing snappy dialogue. That’s not this class. This class will focus on using dialogue to
define your fictionals.

Workshop Schedule:

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Lesson One – What is Dialogue and What Should it Do?
  • Lesson Two -Who Are You? Your fictional’s background.
  • Lesson Three-Accent-uate Your Dialogue–Using accents
  • Lesson Four – The Travelogue–Using foreign words and phrases
  • Lesson Five –Where ya from? Using local slang
  • Lesson Six –Uniquely You – Your fictionals’ phraseology
  • Lesson Seven –Tag, You’re It! Dialogue Tags vs. Action Tags
  • Lesson Eight –Breaking the Narrative
  • Included in the class is a workbook with resources, worksheets, checklists, and more.

About the Instructor:

I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17th Century “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of  Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.

My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.

A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, a hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.

I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure. I
also, teach specialized classes in fiction writing.

I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America and Hearts Through History Romance Writers. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero. I have two adult children.