WDtS Mattapan: The Dynamics of Dialogue - Remote!
As part of GrubStreet's Write Down the Street community program, writers based near the Egleston or Mattapan Branches of the Boston Public Library can take this drop-in class. One way of understanding the place of dialogue in stories is by imagining a book that is entirely narrative. Another way of understanding the place of dialogue in stories is by imagining a book that is entirely dialogue. The artistry of dialogue doesn’t rest so much within the binary of good writing versus bad writing as it does within the binary of useful and not useful.
A story is a journey from point A to point B. And dialogue is such a dynamic aspect of storytelling that sometimes it is the vehicle we travel in and other times dialogue is the road we travel upon. Dialogue is both what is said and unsaid between characters. The building of a world as well as the inhabiting of it. And most frustratingly, strong dialogue can be outrageously subjective, cultural, and elusive. In this online class, Exploring Dialogue, we’ll examine samples of dialogue and discuss what does and doesn’t work, share our own experiences with writing dialogue, and consider popular lists of “do’s” and “don’ts” when trying to write effective dialogue and the pieces of advice from popular authors.
Who Should Register?
Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who face challenges due to cost, language skills, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that all voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.
These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.
About GrubStreet Remote Classes
GrubStreet will be hosting all of our classes remotely from now through the end of the summer. We’ve decided as a staff that the best thing we can do for our community is to follow the advice of public health experts, and participate in the social distancing that’s recommended to help slow the spread of disease. You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! You’ll receive an email from your instructor on the day your class is scheduled with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below: