The Art of Writing: The Art of Eavesdropping, Using Overheard Dialogue to Make Fiction with Rachel Smith

January 25, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Hume Center (Building 250), Rm. 106

Using overheard dialogue to make fiction with Rachel Smith

Sometimes the best lines you write in a story aren’t yours. Have you ever found yourself in line at the grocery store or on the BART when a stranger says something that makes you want to keep listening? Were you alert, attentive and full of anticipation? Taking note and making use of those choice, overheard lines can give a similar, delightful experience to your readers. This workshop explores several ways to enrich your writing with overheard snippets of conversation. You’ll leave with a few short sketches and tips for opening your ears.

Rachel Smith’s writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Rumpus and Brevity.