The Garret Series: Dialogue and Character

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A portrait of Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan
18 March 2017 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Toni Jordan
Bad dialogue stands out. It distracts from your story. It’s ungainly and ugly. If you write bad dialogue, even if everything else is great, good readers will think you’re not a good writer.

Good dialogue glistens. It’s elegant. It gleams and glows and makes everything better. Good dialogue also helps you understand your characters because dialogue is character in action. Hearing characters speak can bring them to life.

Presented in collaboration with Swinburne University and The Garret Podcast.

You will learn

  • how to handle the boring things your characters must say
  • what is subtext in dialogue, and why it matters
  • the art of minimalism in dialogue tags
  • why dialogue is not speech
  • why adverbs are the work of the devil

About Toni Jordan

Toni Jordan is the author of the international best-seller ‘Addition’, longlisted for the Miles Franklin award, ‘Fall Girl’ and ‘Nine Days’, which was awarded Best Fiction at the 2012 Indie Awards, shortlisted for the ABIA Best General Fiction award and named in Kirkus Review’s Top 10 Historical Novels of 2013. Her latest novel is ‘Our Tiny Useless Hearts’.

The Garret

The Garret is not a podcast about individual books, nor is it designed to promote a writer's latest publication. It is a series exploring how the best of the best start, draft, complete and market their writing. Listen to The Garret Podcast.

Read more about The Garret Series events:

The Garret Series: Plot, people and language, 19 March

Swinburne University
John St
Hawthorn, VIC 3122

Phone: 03 9094 7840
WV Member or Swinburne Student $ 145.00
Concession Member $ 135.00
Non-Member $ 195.00

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