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Dialogue: Letting Your Characters Do More of the Work with De’Shawn Charles Winslow


8 Sessions via Zoom

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Once a week Wednesdays, 6:30 pm EST - 8:30 pm EST February 10 to March 31, 2021

How do we get more information to our readers without having our narrator go on and on for too long? Why not let our characters do more of the heavy lifting.

During this eight-week workshop, we’ll read short stories by authors such as Eudora Welty and Alice Walker, authors who have employed some of the most characterizing and plot revealing dialogue ever written. We’ll do in-class writing exercises to help us scale back on exposition and let our characters’ conversations tell more of the story.

Every student will have the opportunity to receive feedback on one piece of their own work (up to 30 pages), a one-on-one meeting with the instructor, and a great time discussing all the ways we can make the best use of our talkative, or not-so-talkative, characters.

Capacity: 8

This workshop will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive instructions for access prior to the first session.


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    De'Shawn Charles Winslow

    De'Shawn Charles Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow was the recipient of The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize in 2019 for In West Mills, and a 2020 recipient of the American Book Award. He was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and in 2003 moved to Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2017 graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in English literature from Brooklyn College. He has received scholarships from the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. De’Shawn lives in New York.