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Words Matter: a Workshop on Dialogue with Susan Kelly

September 17, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$35 – $90

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, Willamette Writers on the River in Corvallis hosts a full day workshop (9 AM – 5 PM) with Susan Kelly at the Comfort Inn Suites.

Words Matter: a Workshop on Dialogue with Susan Kelly

Susan Kelly at Willamette Writers 214x300In a story, you get to know a character through her actions, her speech, her view of the world, and from other characters’ perspectives of her. Spend a day with Susan Kelly learning how to create dialogue that snaps, pops, and crackles.

You will learn:
• the key to using conflict in dialogue
• techniques to reveal character through dialogue
• the biggest mistake writers make when writing dialogue.

Attendees will have an opportunity to work on one of their own scenes. Bring writing materials and a scene featuring a main character that includes dialogue. The scene should be 10-15 pages in length and double-spaced.

Susan Kelly is a romantic-comedy author, writing-craft teacher, and the founder of Gomboc Words, a blog about the business side of writing. She describes herself as a word nerd. She has a near-obsessive interest in anything to do with language and the structure of story, and is happiest when evangelizing other writers. For more information about Susan Kelly, visit gombocwords.com.

Workshop Details

The Fall Workshop is scheduled from 9am-5pm on September 17, 2016. There will be a 45 minute lunch break and two 15 minute breaks. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for sign-in.


Comfort Inn Suites, Columbia Meeting Room
1730 NW 9th St; north of Garfield Avenue; across from Grocery Outlet
Corvallis, OR 97330

Food and Drink

Water is provided by the hotel. Please bring your own snacks.

For lunch, the following restaurants are within easy walking distance:

  • New China Buffet
  • El Sol de Mexico
  • Pastini Pastaria
  • Jamba Juice
  • Starbucks
  • Trader Joe’s (pre-packaged lunches)

If driving, there are more food options available 2-4 blocks north on 9th Street.


Registration opens July 15th and closes August 31st. The early registration discount expires at midnight on August 1st. To register, click here.

Early-Bird Rate (July 15 – August 1):
• $70 WW Members
• $80 Non-Members
• $35 Student Rate
After August 1, prices increase by $10.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel by midnight on August 15th, to receive a full refund.

If we don’t have the minimum number participants by the close of registration (August 31st), we will cancel the event and issue full refunds.


September 17, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$35 – $90
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Comfort Suites, Corvallis
1730 NW 9th Street
Corvallis, OR 97068 United States
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