This workshop will help writers develop and extend skills in creating dialogue for a variety of genres including fiction, drama, and memoir. The course will include readings as well as writing exercises intended to deepen an understanding of the human voice, and craft compelling, nuanced stories from the spoken word. In our attempt to understand dialogue, the class will examine and create examples from the quotidian to the fantastic. The course will offer participants an opportunity to workshop a selection from a work in process, or create something new.
Les Hunter's plays have been produced or developed by: Playwrights Local, Theater 167, Cleveland Public Theater, Bates College, Dobama Theatre, St. Joseph’s College, Manhattan Theatre Source, Millikin University, Artistic New Directions, and America-in-Play. His plays are published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre, and Brooklyn Publishers. His play To the Orchard was a Jewish Plays Project 2016 international Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalist. His articles appear in American Theatre Magazine, The Dramatist, Text & Presentation, Cutbank and the edited collections Experimental O’Neill and Performing the Progressive Era. His fiction appears in Dating Games: A Collection of Short Stories and Fiction Southeast. In 2014, he attended the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University. Dr. Hunter is an assistant professor of English at Baldwin Wallace University.