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Saturday, October 28 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Hush/Shut Up/Please Be Quiet

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Dialogue is the jewel in the crown of much fiction. Why is it so hard to make that jewel shine? Drawing on her most recent book, The Hidden Machinery: Essays on Writing, the novelist Margot Livesey will discuss the difficulties of writing natural seeming dialogue that both reveals character and advances plot, and she’ll suggest some strategies for making scenes more resonant. Good dialogue shows the reader what cannot be told, but how do authors make the choice to dramatize, or summarize? Bring a scene from something you’ve written to re-examine in the light of her suggestions.


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Margot Livesey

Margot Livesey is both an award-winning and bestselling author of literary fiction. She has written eight novels, including Mercury (2016), The Flight of Gemma Hardy (2012), and The House on Fortune Street (2008), which won the 2009 LL Winship/PEN New England Award. Margot Livesey has shared her stories in her novels, but also in workshops at universities across the United States. Livesey is currently a professor of fiction at the Iowa... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
BPL Exchange 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA