Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society - Talking the Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue

Saturday, July 18, 2015

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.

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Effective dialogue is a key element of most writing, and that’s certainly the case in crime fiction. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to create strong dialogue that reveals character, propels your plot, breathes life into a scene and adds conflict and other necessary elements to your story. In addition to looking at examples of what works and doesn’t work in some noir classics and other novels, we’ll do exercises to hone your dialogue writing, paying particular attention to characterization, proper formatting and revision. Bring an excerpt of your story that contains or could use dialogue, along with a pen and paper.

John Roche spent more than two decades as an award-winning journalist, mostly covering the Bronx, where he was born and raised. He holds an M.F.A. degree from Western Connecticut State University, where he teaches in the graduate writing program, and a bachelor’s degree from Marist College, where he teaches journalism. His first book, Bronx Bound, a crime novel, was published by Black Opal Books this spring.


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