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


6 sessions, in-person meetings

Once a week Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm April 4 to May 9, 2019

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 six-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 received feedback on at least one piece of their own work (up to 30 pages per submission), 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.

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    De'Shawn Winslow

    De'Shawn Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and has lived in Brooklyn for most of his adult life. He enjoys reading and writing fiction about the complex relationships within families and small, close-knit communities. De’Shawn has taught writing courses at multiple CUNY campuses, and at the University of Iowa. He is a 2017 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he wrote his first, forthcoming novel, In West Mills (Bloomsbury, June 2019).