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Sold Out — Online Workshop: Dialogue — Letting Your Characters Do More of the Work led by De'Shawn Charles Winslow


Six Sessions

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Once a week Wednesdays, 6:30 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT May 13 to June 17, 2020

This workshop is at capacity. To join the waitlist, email Thierry Kehou at

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

6:30-8:30pm ET / 3:30-5:30pm PT

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 receive 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 Charles Winslow

    De'Shawn Charles Winslow

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow 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, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and is the recipient of the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. De’Shawn lives in New York.