Fall Craft Intensive: Emma Copley Eisenberg


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Even More True: Writing Dialogue with Emma Copley Eisenberg
Sunday, November 5th
10 AM  – 1 PM PST / 1 – 4 PM EST

When we write dialogue, we’re not so much mimicking the way people really talk as we are conjuring, distilling, and performing an act of translation. The result, according to Anne Lamott, should be “even more true than what was actually said.” The best dialogue reveals people and meaning in ways outside of the author’s control and expands the scope and power of the work; the worst wastes opportunities or sends a reader running. In this class, ideal for writers of fiction, memoir, plays, or screenplays, we will examine writers like Grace Paley, Justin Torres, Henry Hoke, Sam Cohen, and Alexander Chee to look at both the truth-telling possibilities of dialogue and how, on the level of mechanics and craft, these possibilities can be achieved.

This is a class best suited for writers of all experience levels.

The scholarship for this craft intensive has already been awarded.

BIO:  Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Esquire, Guernica, The Washington Post Magazine, and others, and her debut novel, Housemates, will be published by Hogarth on May 28, 2024. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, is a work of hybrid nonfiction that mixes memoir, cultural criticism, and reporting. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and Editor’s Choice of 2020 and was nominated for an Edgar Award, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Anthony Bouchercon Award among other honors. Raised in New York City, she lives in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Blue Stoop, a community hub for the literary arts. She has taught creative writing at Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr College, The University of Virginia, Catapult, and others.