The Magic of Dialogue, with Jacqueline Sheehan

Great writers know that well-placed dialogue is the quickest way to improve the pacing and nuance of a story. But dialogue has to be more than just words you put in your characters’ mouths.  Effective dialogue should work on several levels at once, advancing the story, revealing your characters’ hearts, minds and backstories, and intensifying the conflict to keep readers riveted. But how do we write dialogue that does all this while also sounding believable–especially when real speech can be so clunky?  In this half day workshop, bestselling novelist Jacqueline Sheehan will guide writers in learning essential tools for generating speech that will fire up your narratives.  Come ready to experiment and have fun! 

This workshop will be held online. 

Saturday, November 6, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Jacqueline Sheehan, PhD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Comet’s Tale, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, “Modern Love.” She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and around the world. Find out more at

Jacqueline Sheehan