Talk to Me: A Voice & Dialogue Workshop

INSTRUCTOR: April Moore
October 11, 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
$20/members; $30/nonmembers
Location: White Magnolia Day Spa

Our characters and their unique voices, are what make readers fall in love with a book. A protagonist’s voice is all he or she has to communicate to the reader, so it’s crucial to give your character a unique and compelling voice. Voices shine through dialogue, which done correctly, will create tension, propel the plot, and give vital insight into our character’s head, heart, and soul. Body language and gestures are also ways to convey voice. Through lecture, instruction, examples, and exercises, participants will learn what it takes to create unique and memorable character voices that will speak volumes to readers.

What makes characters unique? What makes them memorable? It's not what they look like or even what they do; it what they say and how they say it. It's why we fell for Scout Finch and her father in To Kill a Mockingbird; why Holden Caulfield made The Catcher in the Rye a classic. Even Death, the narrator in The Book Thief is a character all his own. 

Characters' voices are distinctive and important to their development and overall arc. They also help the reader distinguish a book's cast of characters from one another, which keeps the reader turning the pages, not stopping to figure out who's speaking. A distinctive voice also makes it easier for readers to visualize your characters so you can spend less time on superfulous description that may not even stay with the reader. Voice can be shown through body language and gestures, too, but dialogue is one of the best ways to showcase all of your characters' unique and memorable voices.

In this workshop, through lecture, examples, and exercises, we'll discuss the following:

  • What is voice?
  • Techniques on how to create unique voices for your characters
  • How to use narrative and description to show voice
  • How to write effective dialogue

You may have a compelling storyline, but it's not the plot that readers fall in love with (or love to hate); it's the characters. Participants will learn ways to create memorable character voices through description and dialogue that will grab the attentions of agents, editors, and readers. A handout will be provided.

AprilMooreNovelloApril Moore is Director of Northern Colorado Writers, the author of two books, and a freelance editor. Her first book, Folsom's 93, is a historical nonfiction about the lives and crimes of Folsom Prison's executed men and her second, is Bobbing for Watermelons, a novel. She has written for publications and her short stories have appeared in anthologies.

Event Properties

Event date 10-11-2017 6:00 pm
Event End Date 10-11-2017 8:30 pm
Capacity 15
Individual Price $30.00
Location
White Magnolia Day Spa
2203 S College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA
White Magnolia Day Spa
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