MWLF: “Notes from Underground: Writing Rich Dialogue” with Chelsey Johnson
05 | 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mountain Words Literary Festival: “Notes from Underground: Writing Rich Dialogue” with Chelsey Johnson
Friday, May 27
2 pm – 3 pm
As part of your festival pass, or $20 single entry
Great dialogue hums with characterization, action, subtext, and surprise—entire stories contained in a single exchange. In this workshop, we’ll study clips and passages, and we’ll do hands-on practice in writing pithy, vivid conversations, from arguments to connections to revelations.
Chelsey Johnson’s debut novel Stray City came out with Custom House/HarperCollins in 2018, and her writing has appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Gulf Coast, The New York Times, and NPR’s Selected Shorts, among others. She received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford, as well as fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Signal Fire Arts. Born and raised in rural northern Minnesota, she now lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is an associate professor of fiction at Northern Arizona University’s MFA and undergraduate programs. A second novel is in the works.