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WGT Spring Workshop

  • Richardson Civic Center 411 West Arapaho Road Richardson, TX, 75080 United States (map)

"The Language of Dialogue: How to use your characters' voices to amp up your story" with Melissa DeCarlo and Rosemary Clement-Moore

How often do you hear a book praised for its "realistic dialogue?" But enjoyable dialogue is anything but realistic — in real life, conversation is inefficient and often boring. Effective dialogue in fiction is its own language where carefully crafted exchanges are used to increase tension and reveal information about the characters and their relationships. Join published authors Melissa DeCarlo and Rosemary Clement-Moore for a crash course in the language of dialogue.

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Melissa DeCarlo is the author of The Art of Crash Landing (Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins), a number one selection of the September 2015 Library Reads List, as well as a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Awards, the Texas Institute of Letters Steven Turner Award, and the Binghamton Center John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was also included in Redbook’s October 2015 Books to Binge Read and Good Housekeeping’s Best New Reads. Almost certainly the only way the author's name would ever be used in a sentence with the words housekeeping and good. The Art of Crash Landing has also been optioned for film by Bluewater Ranch Entertainment. Melissa's short fiction and essays have appeared in online and print publications. She is currently working on a second novel (when not watching YouTube videos of cats shoving another cat down the stairs).

Rosemary Clement-Moore writes, under various names, supernatural mystery and adventure novels for youngish adults. Her books are on recommended reading lists, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. She drinks too much coffee, journals with a fountain pen, knits her own sweaters, and loves books with witty banter, romantic tension, dead bodies, and live ghosts. Connect with her on Twitter @readrosemary.

The Writers Guild of Texas presents two Writers' Workshops each year — one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Workshops are held in the Richardson Civic Center [located at 411 West Arapaho Road Richardson, TX, 75080] and cost $35 to attend — a discounted rate of $25 is available for current WGT Members. [Not a WGT Member? Join Now] Attendance fee can be paid online via PayPal or paid in person at a preceding monthly meeting or at the door, the morning of the Workshop.

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