ONLINE Secrets of Writing Authentic Dialogue w/writer and tutor Emma Sweeney

London Writers' Café
London Writers' Café
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Emma Claire Sweeney, award-winning novelist and Director of The Ruppin Agency Writers’ Studio (, will reveal the secrets behind creating authentic dialogue. It’s something agents and editors look out for when assessing the quality of a manuscript because it’s an aspect of the craft that stumps many a writer. In this workshop Emma promises to lead us through a series of handy techniques that will transform our dialogue overnight.

By examining virtuoso conversations on the page, we’ll glean tips on making our dialogue sing. And we’ll ask questions about our own characters and their relationships: What’s at stake during this exchange? What strategies will they use to get what they want? What is the relative status of the speakers? We’ll try out a wide range of approaches, acquiring a toolbox of techniques to choose from when we next need our characters to engage in compelling conversation.

Emma Claire Sweeney was named as both an Amazon Rising Star and a Hive Rising Writer for her debut novel, Owl Song at Dawn (Legend, 2016), which went on to win Nudge Literary Book of the Year. She is Director of The Ruppin Agency Writers’ Studio – a nationwide mentoring scheme, and has won Society of Authors, Arts Council and Royal Literary Fund awards, and has written for the likes of The Paris Review, TIME, and The Washington Post. Margaret Atwood has described her non fiction work as a great ‘service to literary history.

Costs: £20, please follow the steps to pay via PayPal when you RSVP. and Refunds will only be offered 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: This session will now be online and I will send out the Zoom link (just download the app) and reading materials from Emma in advance of the class. Hoorah!

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