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Writing Dialogue

All Levels | As Elizabeth Bowen wrote, “Speech is what characters do to each other.” The best dialogue is the nastiest: the sharpest, the most conflict-driving, the most layered and fraught, the truest to our contemporary experience of inattention and misunderstanding. We’ll look at how good dialogue cuts, examining scenes by Joan Didion, Lorrie Moore, ZZ Packer, and others. You’ll bring a dialogue-driven scene to class and have the opportunity to sharpen it—and, should you feel so inclined, to share it.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Alex Madison

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 07/30/2017

Days of the Week: Sunday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Alex Madison

Alex Madison's fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Witness, Salon, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, City Arts and elsewhere. She is a former high school teacher and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught literature, fiction and nonfiction.

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