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SCENE WRITING: DIALOGUE FOR THE STAGE

SCENE WRITING: DIALOGUE FOR THE STAGE

Raul Palma

This two-hour, one-time-only craft class is available to students who select the "craft" option for their afternoon track.

Dialogue is the hardest-hitting tool a fiction writer has. It's our rawest form of dramatic action and can work, too, to develop characters, develop plot, and simply let some lucky chaos into the story. Those interested in writing plays or one-acts will particularly enjoy this workshop that takes dialogue off the page and onto the stage. Through this workshop's lively mash-up of exercises, group skits, and performance, we will learn to write lines that pop and crackle, needing no narrative but themselves.

Raul Palma is fiction editor for Prairie Schooner and assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College. He earned his PhD in English with a specialization in ethnic studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His fiction, which has appeared in over 30 literary journals as well as in the collections Best American Short Stories 2016 and Best Small Fictions 2018, has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the CubaOne Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Santa Fe Writer's Conference, Sewanee Writer's Conference, and Sundress Academy for the Arts.