Day 35: The 7am Novelist: Dialogue
Talking Dialogue with Pamela Loring and Michele Ierardi Ferrari
Best practices for getting your dialogue right, waking up your scenes, determining what dialogue to keep and what to cut, and staying true to your characters’ internal worlds as they speak (or don’t speak) their minds.
Michele Ierardi Ferrari currently teaches Novel In Progress at Grub Street, a topic she knows very well. She completed GrubStreet's Novel Generator and Novel Incubator programs. She has participated in Breadloaf Sicily, the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Sirenland Writers Conference. She is a TedX Beaconstreet speaker and a Moth GrandSlam storyteller. This year she has been querying a novel set in the punk scene in 1980s New York City, and is currently working on a memoir about her brother's unexpected death as well as revising a different novel. She lives in Cambridge, with her husband and Jack Russell, Zelda.
Pam Loring is a writer and editor who completed Grub Street’s Novel Incubator in 2017 (“Season Six”). She’s currently working on a novel called THE DISAPPEARANCE OF BELMIRA ALVAREZ, whose main character has plenty of attitude and isn’t afraid to say so. Some people might say a little of loud, angry women goes a long way, but writing characters who won’t toe the line is one of Pam’s favorite things to do. Happily, Belmira’s voice resonated with the Barbara Deming Fund which awarded Pam a grant this year, and this year too Pam received the Michael Kenneth Smith fellowship from Porches Writing Retreat, where she worked with Greg Michaelson in a 3-day one-on-one workshop. Pam also runs the Salty Quill Writers’ Retreat, which she co-founded in 2015 with writers Deb Parsons and Anna Da Silva, who’s been attending 7am Novelist every morning at 6am from Chicago (Go, Anna!).