Dialogue, Setting, and Genre Exploration Workshops at Falmouth Community School

by web editor on September 12, 2012

 Local author teaches a trio of writing intensives


(Falmouth, MA) — Ever wonder how to create sparkling dialogue that enhances character and drives the plot?  Or how to create integrated settings that don’t sound like info dumps or travelogues?  Or long to play in different genres?  You can experience all of this in a trio of workshops taught by Cape-based author Devon Ellington this fall at Falmouth Community School.

The Dialogue Workshop, meeting on three Wednesday evenings in September and October, focuses on using dialogue to reveal character, drive the plot, and how what characters leave unsaid is just as important as what they say and how they say it.  Participants will create fresh material to specific exercise guidelines, exploring different uses of dialogue to enhance different story elements.  Workshop starts on September 19, from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, and meets on the 26, and then again on October 10, for $59.  There is no class on Oct. 3.

Setting as Character, a half day workshop on Saturday, October 13, focuses on actively integrating setting/environmental information in a way that enhances the purpose of the scene without “setting it up” at the top of the page or scene, or sounding like a travelogue within it.  Participants will have the chance to create fresh material and also use material from works-in-progress.  Workshop meets from 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, also $59.

One Story, Many Voices is an eight-session workshop, giving participants the chance to play with genre expectations.  Starting with a short contemporary literary fiction short story, written to specifications for the class, participants spend the following sessions moving it from genre to genre, exploring how genre protocols affect character, plot, and environment.  At the end of the month, dedicated participants will have a handful of short stories close to submission-ready across a variety of genres, and the confidence to work in genres they may not have otherwise tried.  Fresh material is created for this class; no previously written work allowed.  The class meets on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3 PM for four consecutive weeks, starting on October 15, and is $79.

For more information and registration, contact Falmouth Community school at www.falmouth.k12.ma.us or at 508-548-5739.  Sign up for one or all three — and be prepared to WRITE!

Instructor Devon Ellington is a full-time writer who publishes under a half a dozen names in fiction and non-fiction in several genres.  She washed ashore in late 2010 after many years in New York, which included working backstage on Broadway and in film and television production.  Her romantic suspense novel, ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT (as Annabel Aidan) was named a “hot book for cold Cape Cod nights” by the Cape Cod Times.  HEX BREAKER, the first Jain Lazarus Adventure, released in summer of 2012, with the second book in the series, OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK, set to release next year.  Her plays are produced in New York, London, Edinburgh, and Australia. She’s published hundreds of articles and short stories over the years, and has an active freelance writing business doing manuscript critique, editing, brochure and newsletter copy, event scripting, speechwriting, press releases, and more.  She teaches online and in person all over the world, and students who complete her classes tend to have a high publication rate.  Visit her website www.devonellingtonwork.com.

Falmouth Community School has offered Falmouth residents affordable enrichment courses and programs for more than forty years.  Visit them on the web at http://www.falmouth.k12.ma.us/index.php/home/programs-departments/falmouth-community-night-school

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