What makes dialogue work? How does dialogue advance a story? Using published examples, this workshop will examine the uses, practices, and craft of dialogue in fiction. Writer-in-Residence Pasha Malla will guide participants through writing a scene of dialogue that moves through various dynamics and shifts of power around a central conflict.
The Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence program is led by McMaster University’s Department of English and Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Humanities in partnership with McMaster University Library and Hamilton Public Library. It is supported by the Taylor family.
Pasha Malla is the creative force behind seven works of poetry and fiction, including the story collection The Withdrawal Method and the novel People Park. His latest book, published earlier this year, is the absurdist horror-fantasy, Kill the Mall.
His fiction has won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, an Arthur Ellis Award and several National Magazine Awards. His writing has also been shortlisted for both the Amazon Canada Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award.
He has served as a writing instructor and thesis supervisor since 2009 at a number of post-secondary institutions, including York University and the University of Toronto.
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