Talking Points: Copyediting Dialogue in Fiction
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:00–1:30 pm ET
This is an INTERMEDIATE skills course
Instructor: Amy Schneider
Dialogue in fiction consists of so much more than “he said, she said.” Characters communicate in a wide variety of styles and using methods other than direct speech. The copyeditor’s job is to maintain each character’s expressive voice while keeping the various types of dialogue understandable for the reader. In this Master Class, you’ll learn to help the author with the mechanics of dialogue so that the characters communicate authentically and the story shines through.
This course will help you:
- Understand dialogue tags, verbs of utterance, and action beats
- Punctuate dialogue correctly
- Format unspoken dialogue such as thoughts (direct and indirect), imagined or remembered dialogue, and telepathic communication
- Handle informal dialogue such as dialect, slang, and offensive language
In addition, the course will cover sounds and other nonverbal expressions, foreign language and translated dialogue, and electronic communication.
All webinar times are in Eastern Time. Delivered via GoToMeeting. Registrants will receive login information 24 hours before the class. Registration for this class closes on Wednesday, March 14, at 8 pm ET.