Tag Archives: dialogue

Lessons on Writing Dialogue from a Memoirist

My blog tour following the publication of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road continues with a writing craft post of mine on the¬†award-winning blog by K.M. Weiland,¬†Helping Writers Become Authors. K.M.’s readership largely comprises fiction writers, so I kept that in mind in writing a piece about crafting dialogue in your stories. In my […]

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Get Ready for Another MFA Brain Dump

As I wrap up my third semester in my MFA in Writing program with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, I am beginning to prep for my next residency. Longtime readers of The Artist’s Road will know that means another spate of MFA Nuggets. Each day during my 10-day residencies, I post nuggets I’ve learned […]

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MFA Nugget: Is Your Dialogue Scintillating?

WARNING: At the bottom of this post I have retyped the result of a writing exercise I authored an hour ago. My sincerest apologies. You hold the rejection letter in your hand, wondering why the editor didn’t rush to publish your short story. Your opening was like a bundle of firecrackers. Your plot was written […]

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MFA Nugget: Dialogue as Action

MONTPELIER, VERMONT: “Dialogue is a type of action: a means of developing dramatic conflict, in which we witness the push and pull between characters.” So said Edgar-award winning novelist Domenic Stansberry in a lecture here at my MFA residency with the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Yes, dialogue is a means of character development, Stansberry […]

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