Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thayer Memorial Library
The Art of Speaking: Dialogue at Its Best, with Paula Castner and Ann Connery Frantz
In the workshop, He Said, She Said: Writing Effective Dialogue, participants learned the conventions for writing effective dialogue, including best practices and what to avoid. In this follow up session, The Art of Speaking, there will be some review, followed by discussion of how to use dialogue to further character development, reveal plot tension, change pacing, and establish mood and tone. Participants will engage in active writing practice and have opportunity for feedback. Attendance at He Said, She Said not required in order to participate.
Paula Castner is the Chief Operating Officer for Seven Bridge Writers Collaborative as well as a freelance writer, playwright, drama director, writing workshop facilitator, baking coach, and professional administrator. Though she received her certification for writing children’s literature, she writes in multiple genres. Her pieces have been published in a variety of venues, from parenting magazines, to newspapers, to online magazines, and have claimed first prize in several writing contests. Her play, A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical, with music by Canadian folk artist, Nancy Beaudette, was performed recently in Lancaster, Massachusetts. Her current writing project is a fictionalized account of a historical court case about a slave girl from Holden, MA.
Ann Connery Frantz, of Lancaster, is former managing editor of the Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, and worked at eight other newspapers in writing and editing roles. She profiles authors and their books, and writes a twice-monthly column about books and book clubs for the Telegram, Worcester, MA. She writes short fiction and has completed a novel, “Emilee’s Song.”