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Workshop: Writing Dialogue that Works

May 16 @ 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

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Dialogue can be a powerful tool for characterization, motivation, plot advancement and emotion. Great dialogue works on several levels. It provides context and subtext. It shows the reader what your character says, how he says it and what he really means. Bad dialogue is hard to read and bogs down the action of your story. How do you make sure your dialogue elevates rather than deflates? In this workshop, presented by award-winning novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson, who’ll join us via Skype from Denver, where she teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, we’ll explore rhythm, pacing, phrasing, attribution and more. We’ll look at examples from published authors and use them to strengthen our work.

Feel free to bring a short section of dialogue from a piece of published work and/or a section of dialogue from your own work (optional). Please bring your preferred writing tools.

The workshop is FREE for Aspen Writers Network members

Non-members: $10. Please pay on the day of the event; cash or check only

For more info about the workshop or Aspen Writers Network membership, email ellie.scott@aspeninstitute.org 

About Tiffany Quay Tyson
Tiffany ‘s most recent novel, “The Past is Never,” was selected as a 2018 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Her debut novel, “Three Rivers,” was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for literary fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction. Tiffany was born and raised in Mississippi and much of her fiction is set in the South. She lives and writes in Denver.



May 16
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Event Category:


Aspen Words


Pitkin County Library
120 N Mill St
Aspen, CO 81611 United States
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