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All Talk: Writing Dialogue

with Chris L. Terry in Los Feliz

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Chris L. Terry
Los Feliz

One Sunday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
December 9, 2018

Well-written dialogue brings characters to life and quickly moves a story forward. In this seminar for writers of fiction and nonfiction, we will study examples of great dialogue, do writing exercises that help us get our characters’ authentic voices on the page, and discuss a range of topics such as exposition, writing in dialect, and the mechanics of attributing dialogue. And, yes, we will all take parts and read everyone’s in-class writing out loud. This seminar will be most helpful for writers who have a sense of the narrator or characters that they are writing or plan to write.

This seminar is open to students of all levels. It will be held in Los Feliz where coffee, sparkling water, and light snacks will be served.

Enrollment limit: 8 students
$130 new; $120 returning

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Chris L. Terry’s debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by Slate.com and Kirkus Reviews, who called it "original, hilarious, thought-provoking, and wicked smart . . .not to be missed." His novel Black Card, about a mixed-race punk musician with a black imaginary friend, is forthcoming from Catapult in 2019. Terry’s work has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015, PANK, Very Smart Brothas, Apogee, Razorcake, and more. He has taught and created curriculum for PEN America Los Angeles and was a Lead Teaching Artist for assorted Chicago-based writing programs.


"Kevin Phifer, 13, a black seventh-grader in 1990s Richmond, Va., and hero of this sparkling debut, belongs in the front ranks of fiction’s hormone-addled, angst-ridden adolescents, from Holden Caulfield to the teenage Harry Potter [. . .] Original, hilarious, thought-provoking and wicked smart: not to be missed. —Kirkus Reviews

"Chris Terry is a wise and hilarious writer. He has bestowed Kevin, the hero of Zero Fade, with an especially acute case of teenage angst, and the results are sweet, painful and very recognizable to anyone who has survived seventh grade. This is a wonderful book." —Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife

"Zero Fade is a damn fine read with a resounding message that never preaches, but instead talks to you across the table like a friend and ally. Highly recommended. Chris L. Terry is an author to keep an eye on." —Razorcake