Date: Saturday 17th June, 2023

Time: 2pm – 5.30pm

Venue: Glasgow University Union, Glasgow

Format: In-person class

Places: Limited to 20

Tutor: Alan McMunnigall

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On Saturday 17th June 2023, 2pm – 5.30pm, thi wurd will present its first in-person class for more than three years. The price is just £40 for the three-hour session (with additional 30-min break).
Places are on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise booking early to avoid disappointment.


Pre-pandemic, ‘Dialogue in Fiction’ (Day School) ran successfully for many years. And now, for one day only, this popular class makes a return with completely refreshed and up-to-date material: a Creative Writing/ Literature class, part-lecture, part-seminar discussion, limited to 20 places. This class is suitable for beginners, right up to experienced and published writers.
We’ll consider how dialogue functions across a range of diverse works of literary fiction. And we’ll examine movement, tone, rhythm, musicality: the use of tags; the pros and cons of inverted commas; embedded dialogue; conflict in dialogue; contemporary forms of dialogue such as texting, private messaging, and how dialogue can open up narrative fiction to create the possibility of multiple interpretations and facilitate room for the reader.
The ways in which dialogue is created by writers and employed in short stories and novels will be discussed, with a focus on the presentation of dialogue, as well as its function within different story structures and its role in characterisation.
Participants will be encouraged to consider and develop their own abilities to write dialogue through a sequence of short exercises during the session.
There will be a 30-minute break halfway through the session (our classroom is close to several good coffee shops and cafes). For those who can stay on, there will be time to socialise as a group, and to discuss further some of the ideas and concepts from the day. This is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow writers and readers, as well as people from thi wurd’s wider community.
All readers and writers are welcome. No prior knowledge of literary terms is required. The venue for the class is accessible.
If anyone has any questions about the Dialogue in Fiction (Day School), or about accessibility, please just drop me a line at: