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Will Allison

Online Class
Write Great Dialogue
with Will Allison
August 11th - 13th, 2017

Price: $45
Members* (and previous Write Great Dialogue students): $35

Join One Story contributing editor and bestselling author Will Allison for this three-day online class designed for writers of all skill levels who want to sharpen their dialogue skills and to deepen their understanding of the role of dialogue in fiction.

This class will help you answer questions such as: How can I tell if my dialogue is effective? How can I write better dialogue? When should I use dialogue? How much dialogue should I use?

Daily lessons will include techniques, tips, examples, and exercises to keep you focused and on track. You’ll also have the opportunity to become part of an active writing community on our discussion board, where you can share ideas with your fellow writers and with Will.

About Will Allison:

One Story Contributing Editor Will Allison is the author of the novels What You Have Left, a San Francisco Chronicle notable book, and the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, One Story, Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Before joining One Story in 2011, Will served as executive editor of Story, editor-at-large for Zoetrope: All-Story, and as an adjunct professor in the MFA program at Columbia University and elsewhere. As a freelance editor specializing in fiction and creative nonfiction, he works one-on-one with a wide range of new and established authors.

When can I register for this class?
Registration is open now through 1pm on August 10th.
How does the class work?
Daily lessons will be posted at 1am Eastern Time. Each lesson will comprise tips, techniques, examples, and a writing assignment. The class also includes a discussion board where participants can interact with one another and with Will.
Is participation on the discussion board required?
No, it’s optional; participants are welcome to jump into the conversation or sit back and observe.
Is there homework?
Yes, each day’s lesson will be accompanied by a writing exercise. The exercises will not be evaluated by the instructor, but participants are welcome to share their work on the discussion board.
How much time will the class take?
Plan to spend about one hour per day reviewing the lessons and completing the exercises, plus however much time you choose to spend on the discussion board.
What if I want to take the class, but the dates don’t work for me?
No worries. The class is designed for participants to proceed at their own pace, on their own schedule, so if you miss a day or three, no problem. All class materials will be accessible online until September 13th. Please note, however, that the instructor will be present on the discussion board from August 11th - 13th only.
Can I take the class on my phone?
Unfortunately, no. You’ll need a tablet or a computer to access all class materials.
What if I can’t wait to get started?
The discussion board will open on Tuesday, August 8th, three days before the class begins, so that participants can meet, mingle, and familiarize themselves with the learning platform in advance.

* In order to qualify for our member discount, you must be a member at the time of registration. Please note that the discount is for our members only. Members commit to annual donations, and receive benefits that allow them to participate in the organization in more meaningful ways. Not all One Story subscribers are members. If you’d like to find out more about becoming a member, you can do so here.

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