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Nonfiction Dialogue: On Starting Late and Ending Early

Friday, August 2
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Helen’s D

When it comes to using dialogue in personal narrative (essay and memoir), often the wisest course is “less is more”. In this session, we’ll discuss the reasons for scaling back dialogue and for truly understanding its function in a scene. Together, we’ll practice new techniques and, if time allows, read some of our work aloud.


Debra Gwartney

Debra Gwartney is the author of two memoirs, I Am a Stranger Here Myself, and Live Through This, and co-editor of Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape.

Debra Gwartney