Emily Gray Tedrow- Crafting Strong Dialogue

  • March 17, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Winnetka Community House 760 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093


This is a Hybrid session. Registration will be enabled at a later date.

In this process-centered session, we will consider the best practices for writing dialogue in fiction and memoir. Through close reading, we'll look at several successful examples in published work to see what tips and tricks we can take away. The following topics will guide our discussion: who speaks and why; direct, indirect, and summarized speech; what is said and not said; formatting options for writers.

Finally, writers will work on a piece of their own to practice incorporating various elements of dialogue. Please bring to class a few pages of a recent piece, either fiction or non-fiction. If you don't have one, that's fine. Please also bring something to write with, as we'll go through some in-class exercises.

Emily Gray Tedrowe is a Chicago-based author of three novels, most recently The Talented Miss Farwell (Custom House). Her book

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9-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12 Program 

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