Dialogue serves many purposes in a story. It allows readers to “spy” on intimate conversations. (And who doesn’t like to hear what other people are saying?). Dialogue increases the pacing of a novel and most importantly, it reveals character and allows us as writers to provide important information and move the plot of the book forward in an interesting way.So how do you make your dialogue leap off the page?
This course will provide you with tips on how create dialogue that serves multiple purposes in your story and how to show what people don't say can often be as important as what they do. Practical writing prompts will be provided.
In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first go on to pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness.
Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. She decided to pursue publication when she realized that while rejection wouldn’t be fun- she wasn’t willing to give up on her dream of seeing her books on the shelves.
Currently Eileen is a multi-published author with her books published in nine languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. Her latest novel, WITH MALICE, was called “a creepy satisfying thriller” by Entertainment Weekly. She’s a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada and is passionate about helping other writers reach their dreams by offering instruction and mentorship.
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.