How to Write Dialogue

Lynn Pruett

Lynn Pruett is the author of the novel Ruby River. A recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship and fellowships to Yaddo, Sewanee, and Squaw Valley, she teaches in the Author Academy and in the Murray State low-residency MFA program.  Her stories and essays have been published in the Michigan Quarterly Review, the South Atlantic Review, American Voice, Southern Exposure, among others. As a member of the writing group Kaboom, she contributed to the anthology When The Bough Breaks.


  • Venue:
    Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning
  • Time:
    10:30 am - 1:45 pm
  • Addl Info:
         

    Register now for How to Write Dialogue.

  • Meets On:
        Saturday, February 17
  • Address:
    251 West Second St.
    Lexington, KY, 40507
  • Cost:
    $40 for this class only ($80 for package)

With Lynn Pruett.

Dialogue must sound like real speech but it must not be a recording of actual conversations. We will cover contemporary conventions used in creating good dialogue, such as punctuation, grammar (the use of adverbs), dialogue tags, and gestures. We will also discuss the use of dialect, characterization through dialogue, and dialogue as a plot element, and try our hand at exercises such as writing a scene of dialogue with no tag lines. [ALL LEVELS] [ONE-TIME] [NEW!]