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Writing great dialogue w/ dramatist and tutor Dan Rebellato
Whether you’re writing a play, a novel, a short story or a screenplay, your characters will almost certainly need talk to each other. Here you have choices, options and endless possibilities. When it works, dialogue flows like water, but what’s going on underneath? What makes it dramatic? How do we use dialogue to keep our stories moving? What makes it realistic and what are the alternatives? What’s the relationship between written dialogue and conversation in ordinary life? Dan will consider different approaches to dialogue, some traditional, some very contemporary, and he'll give you a memorable toolbox that gets your dialogue doing exactly what you need it to do. Agents tell us that they use dialogue as a measure of writing talent when assessing a manuscript, and who better to learn this skill from than Dan Rebellato. A playwright and professor, Dan’s internationally performed stage and radio work include 'Here’s What I Did With My Body One Day', 'Chekhov in Hell' and 'Beachy Head'. Dan has recently completed an award-winning 27-episode novel sequence for Radio 4 and his next projects include a classic of French Romantic Drama for Radio 3. He has twice been nominated for a Sony Award. Dan is Professor of Contemporary Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London and has published widely on contemporary British theatre and playwriting. He is co-editor, with Jen Harvie, of the 'Theatre &' series for Palgrave Macmillan. Costs: £20.00, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. Refunds will only be provided if the meetup is cancelled by admin, no exceptions, and in the rare event of speakers cancelling, we reserve the right to provide an alternative but equivalent speaker. Location: The George Inn is two minutes walk from London Bridge station (take Borough High Street exit). Please see full address with map. We are upstairs in The Winchester Room. It's a huge pub so just ask bar staff if lost! Download the Meetup app to manage your RSVPs on the go: Instructions on how to change your RSVP: For help with PayPal: Any questions, please post a comment below and an organiser will respond.

The George Inn

The George Inn Yard, 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH · London


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At its heart, London Writers' Cafe gives unpublished and emerging fiction writers a place to find constructive feedback on their work and learn more about how to get published, finding the right agent, writing more frequently or smashing the blocks through galvanising talks, peer critique and workshops.

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