Novel Nights.   Masterclass: Dialogue and Scene-building with Christopher Wakling

Sat 15 Jun 2019 2.00 - 5.00pm  Price: £56.00

When characters speak stories come to life, but writing convincing dialogue is hard.  Many of us hang off it for fear of creating wooden, stilted exchanges that are worse than no dialogue at all.  This class will help you write speech that works.  

We’ll pull apart some great examples to see what makes them effective and we’ll have a go at writing killer dialogue of our own.  

Beyond that, we’ll look how dialogue works within scenes.  How does it combine with other elements of fiction – what characters do, where they are, and what they’re thinking – to create a convincing whole?  We’ll tackle exercises to help build a world around our characters’ dialogue, creating scenes that drive the story forward.

Christopher Wakling has published seven acclaimed novels including, most recently, ESCAPE AND EVASION (Faber, 2018).  He teaches fiction at Curtis Brown Creative and The Arvon Foundation.  To date, some thirty of his former student have publishing deals.