Writing Workshop with Peter McAllister: Dialogue

Discover and perfect your writer’s voice, and build your writing confidence and portfolio with our Writer in Residence Peter McAllister.18+

Venue: Liskeard Library

Date: Sat 13th Jul | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Description

Discover and perfect your writer’s voice, and build your writing confidence and portfolio with our Writer in Residence Peter McAllister.18+

Writing good dialogue can be hard. It’s extremely important to keep readers immersed in your story and sometimes, unbelievable dialogue can pull them out of it. Keep readers turning those pages by mastering this essential skill and start having fun with the way your characters talk to each other.

In this workshop – whether a seasoned writer or complete beginner – you’ll learn how to write believable dialogue that serves a purpose in your story by exploring:

  • What makes believable dialogue
  • How characters in conflict converse
  • How to inject subtext into your dialogue
  • How dialogue can inform character
  • Revealing story through dialogue

You’ll write lots on this workshop and read anything aloud that you’d like to (no pressure if you’d rather not). Should you wish, you’ll receive positive, constructive feedback on your writing and will leave with a better understanding of how to make your work linger in the mind of readers long after they’ve read it.

Session is for 18yrs +

About Your Tutor

Peter McAllister studied English Literature at The University of Cambridge and was awarded a Distinction for his MA in Creative Writing. He is the editor and co-founder of Inkfish Magazine and a committee member for the Penzance Literary Festival. With more than a decade of experience coaching creative professionals and students, Peter is proud to be helping Liskeard writers improve their skills in his role as our Inaugural Writer in Residence.

Peter’s writing blurs the boundary between novel and short story collection; it builds layers of characterisation through linked pieces that result in profound moments of self-realisation and/or dramatic action. He was shortlisted in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and the Ironclad Creative Awards in 2023. His short stories and poems have appeared online, in print journals and in numerous anthologies and his debut book is slated for publication in 2024.