Workshop A


“WHAT DID THEY SAY?—Bringing Dialogue to Life.”
Presenter:  Paula Coomer
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm, Saturday, June 27, 2020
1912 Center, Arts Workshop, 412 E 3rd St, Moscow, ID 83843.


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Writing believable dialogue is one of the toughest parts of penning both fiction and non-fiction.  Every character must have idiosyncratic voice rhythms and patterns. Think of it as a fingerprint.  It’s not the case that one approach to writing dialogue fits all. A writer must redevise her path each and every time she imagines someone new. In this engaging and active workshop, Paula Coomer provides tried and true tools and practice for learning who a character is as a precursor to developing character voice and by extension dialogue.

Paula Coomer spent most of her childhood in the industrial Ohio River town of New Albany, Indiana. The daughter of more than two hundred years of Kentucky Appalachian farmers, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1978. She has been a migrant farm laborer, a waitress, a bean sorter in a cannery, a cosmetics saleswoman, a federal officer, a nurse, and a university writing instructor. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Ascent, and The Raven Chronicles, among others. Books include the novels Jagged Edge of the Sky, Dove Creek, and Summer of Government Cheese, short stories, the Blue Moon health and wellness series, and two poetry collections, Nurses Who Love English and Devil at the Crossroads. Ms. Coomer has been a nominee for the Pulitzer, the Pushcart, and other awards. Her newest book, Somebody Should Have Scolded the Girl is a BuzzFeed recommended title. She lives in eastern Washington State, in the tiny farming village of Garfield, where teaches and promotes writing in the community.

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