Hearts Through History Romance Writers

Define Your Characters with Dialogue – Jul ’24


Instructor: Cynthia Owens
Start Date: Monday, July 1, 2024
End Date: Friday, July 26, 2024
Type: Online
Duration: 4 Weeks
USD Fee: $15 HHRW Members/$25 Non-Members

“If you’re like most writers, you’ve probably taken a number of classes and read even more about writing snappy dialogue. That’s not this class. This class will focus on using dialogue to define your characters.

The most important thing to remember when you’re creating character is to make them unique. That’s what this class about. In He Said, She Said: Define Your Characters With Dialogue, you’ll learn not only what dialogue is and what it should do, but how to use backstory, how to use accents, foreign words and phrases, local slang. You’ll also discover how and when to use speech tags vs. action tags.

Included in the workshop is Your Dialogue Workbook. This useful tool has worksheets, checklists, and assignments that will aid you in creating sparkling dialogue for your characters.”

Expiry Date: July 19, 2024

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About the Instructor:

“I believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier’s 1534 voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury “King’s Girl,” one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there.
My passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII.
A former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all three.
I’m the author of The Claddagh Series, historical romances set in Ireland and beyond, and The
Wild Geese Series, in which five Irish heroes return from the American Civil War to find love and adventure.
I’m a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and the Quebec Writers Federation. A lifelong resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic hero. I have two adult children.”

~ Cynthia Owens

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