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Workshop with James O'Laughlin

February 28, 2013

James O'Laughlin will explore several features of effective dialogue in fiction, in particular, the way it relies on and is structured by what’s unsaid, by various subtexts. He will discuss how dialogue can serve to center a story, to bring its main tension into focus, as well as various techniques or devices that develop further or complicate tension in dialogue. He'll draw on examples from well-known writers.

James O'Laughlin is a distinguished senior lecturer in the writing program and an academic adviser at Northwestern University. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies in[masked], and in 2005 he was named to the ASG Faculty Honor Roll. He has taught Modern Irish Literature, American Indian Literature, Reading and Writing Fiction, Literary Editing, Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction. He was a fiction editor at StoryQuarterly from[masked] (and co-editor in 2004), has written reviews of fiction, biography, and philosophy for Booklist, and is at work on a book on writing.


The actual program begins at 9:30.

9:00-9:30 is allocated to networking time and announcements.

The cost is $10 for members. (A year long member to this outstanding organization is only $30.)

The cost of this session for non-members is $15 (which is still a great bargain).

Coffee and snacks are generously provided by our members.

You can also pay online by going to the following link and bringing your receipt to the session.


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  • Barry

    Looking forward to it.

    February 21, 2013

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