Last Chance to Register: Understanding Dialogue Use Online Writers Workshop

This February Pennwriters, Inc. online writing workshops presents…

UNDERSTANDING DIALOGUE USE: Intensive Online Writing Course

INSTRUCTOR: Catherine E. McLean
DATE: February 1 – March 5, 2010


Although dialogue is primarily considered a tool for characterization, few writers understand how dialogue can be used to enhance mood, tone, drama, and action, and how it binds the reader to a story’s characters and their plight. Make a New Year’s resolution to improve your writing, and register now for this Pennwriters online workshop.

In this online course, you will discover the 13 functions of dialogue–from spoken words to internalizations–and the common usage mistakes. Learn new skills that will make it easier for you to:

* Effectively write spoken dialogue to show, not tell
* Understand the “mechanics” of punctuation, grammar, beats, tags, and stage business that make dialogue realistic
* Give each of your characters a distinct narrative voice using dialect, diction, and syntax
* Use dialogue to foreshadow, enhance your story’s pace, add urgency, and intensify drama
* Know the 6 types of internalizations and their appropriate applications


Participants will be asked to submit short exercises or examples for various aspects of dialogue use. Feedback will be given on the exercises and examples.


At the end of the course, you will receive a FREE “Revising for Dialogue” cheat sheet. Plus, one name will be drawn to win a FREE analysis of the first 10 pages of their story or novel.

How glad I am that I took Catherine’s course . . . She was very generous with her time and her feedback. That alone sets her apart from other “lecturers” I’ve encountered.
-A.K., Barnesville, PA

Not only did Catherine take time to answer all of my questions, she elaborated on each with examples I easily understood. . . . She knows her stuff!
-T.W., Houston, TX

My writing, editing, and reading have moved to a new level because of the techniques I learned in Catherine’s course.
-E.W., Sante Fe, NM

Pennwriters Online Courses receive high satisfaction scores and repeat customer rates—read our testimonials! Learn proven ways to write realistic dialogue that readers and editors love. LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now.

Catherine McLean is a published author of science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary (romance) short stories. She has had more than two dozen articles published on the craft of writing. For more than ten years she’s given workshop for writers at conferences, college personal enrichment courses, and online writing courses. A more detailed bio is available at Catherine McLean’s website Writer’s Cheat Sheets.


2 responses to “Last Chance to Register: Understanding Dialogue Use Online Writers Workshop

  1. I’m really looking forward to this class. The techniques I learned in my last class with Catherine have made several impacts in my writing.

    Plus, I think she cured my problem with comma abuse!

    I’m going to re-post this on my blog.

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