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The Art of Putting Words in People’s Mouths

All Levels | Conventional advice is always advocating that strong dialogue not only furthers characterization but also pushes the story’s plot forward. How’s this done? What are characters saying, and how does each spoken word help the reader form her own opinion about the character(s), their preoccupations, biases, passions, etc.? And how are characters communicating with one another? In what way(s) is information being conveyed, its mood and demeanor? Deep discussion of techniques and examples will inspire us to write, write, write. You can only learn how to construct solid dialogue by practicing!

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Instructor: Joshua Mohr

Class Type: 1 Session


Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 03/17/2022

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 10

Maximum Class Size: 40

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Joshua Mohr

Joshua Mohr is the author of five novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written “Fight Song” and “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times. His novel “All This Life” won the Northern California Book Award. He’s written a memoir, “Sirens,” and is under contract with FSG for the second installment. His next novel, “Get Rich,” will be published by FSG in winter 2022 and has already been optioned by Circle of Confusion Television Studios. Recently, AMC bought his noir show.

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