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Dialect Writing Discussion - Writers on Writing (WOW!) Workshop
with Walt Wolfram
Do your characters speak with accents? Do your characters speak in a dialect different from yours? This workshop is for you! We'll examine literary techniques for representing the authentic voice of vernacular dialect speakers, both in conversational dialogue and in third-person narrative. Participants will scrutinize representative spoken vernacular dialects through a rich collection of video and audio examples (e.g., Mountain English, African American English, Latino English, American Indian English) to understand how to select effective literary conventions for portraying the voice and stance of dialectspeakers. Writers of all genres are welcome!
Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University, where he also directs the North Carolina Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s and published more than 20 books and more than 300 articles. He is a 2013 recipient of the North Carolina Award for public service.