The “Developing Themes in Your Stories” series continues at DIY MFA today! This fourth installment centers on dialogue, one of my favorite aspects of novel-writing. It’s also one of the most common storytelling elements to showcase theme. Using examples and writing exercises, we’ll learn how to explore theme via dialogue through the basic “nuts and bolts” of a conversation, emotional subtext, and repetition.
New Worksheet on Themes in Dialogue
It would be silly to stop offering worksheets to go along with the Developing Themes In Your Stories articles now, wouldn’t it? 😉 The Themes In Dialogue Worksheet features the three activities outlined in the above article. Feel free to download, print, and use it when studying literary themes in your WIP’s conversations, arguments, and other interactions between characters.
Writer Igniter Con 2015
For all the writers out there: Did you know that DIY MFA is holding its first online conference this fall? Writer Igniter Con 2015, named after the website’s prompt-generator, is happening on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th! DIY MFA columnists and friends will be presenting topics ranging from story outlines and revisions, to marketing, social media, and legal terms that writers should know. You’ll also have the opportunity to submit your pitch, query letter, or first manuscript page for critique by a panel of agents. Best of all, you can catch the sessions in real time on the Internet, meaning you won’t have to travel or book a hotel room. You can even wear your pajamas, if you’d like! 😉
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend Writer Igniter Con 2015, but I wanted to spread the word since I’m part of the DIY MFA team. Plus, after catching Gabriela’s and Bess’s presentations at Writer’s Digest Conference recently, I can attest to the quality of the information you’ll receive at what should be a fantastic online event.
Got any questions or suggestions for Theme: A Story’s Soul? Feel free to comment below or tweet me at @SaraL_Writer with the hashtag #AStorysSoul.