You Are What You Say: 5 Ways to Reveal and Deepen Character Through Dialogue, with Jacqueline Sheehan

Direct speech is the most effective and also the most underutilized tool for revealing who your characters really are and what they want. When you give each character an authentic, distinct voice and persona, it’s a joy to read their conversations. But effective and entertaining dialogue also takes readers straight to the hearts of your characters, revealing their backstories, desires and dilemmas like nothing else. And great dialogue can do even more than that, by revealing a character’s hopes and fears in the things they don’t say. Spend the morning with a NYT bestselling author learning techniques for writing dialogue that is compelling, psychologically revealing and rich with meaning and subtext. All levels and genres of storytellers are welcome!   In person / hybrid workshop. 

Sunday, November 5th, 10 a.m. – 1 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