Direct Dialogue: How to create effective dialogue (Online) - Nottingham Trent University

Direct Dialogue: How to create effective dialogue (Online) - Nottingham Trent University


This two-hour online workshop will introduce you to writing effective dialogue for your creative writing; whilst ensuring realism and its necessity to the plot.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing, whether you have done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner.

During the course you will:

- consider how your dialogue ensures each character has their own voice
- discuss how to keep the dialogue and narrative moving forwards
- complete writing tasks from prompts
- gain feedback on your writing style.

What will I gain?

By the end of the session you will have built confidence in your creative writing skills and ability to use dialogue, and have some new ideas to further pursue your writing.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"A wonderful short course that really made a difference to my writing process and approach to dialogue. I will look forward to completing more. I found it particularly helpful to strip back the dialogue to just that. Taking away descriptive sections and tags forced me to really think about what was being said in order to move the story along. I will 100% use this moving forward in my writing. Getting to grips with making sure my dialogue projected class, gender and age also made me think differently about how I write." - GH

"The tasks were extremely helpful to move my work forward. Charlotte was, as always, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, thank you." - AR

"I really enjoyed this course, it was very informative and enjoyable. The tasks were very engaging and fun." - LA

Tutor Profile: Charlotte Baker is an author, associate lecturer, and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, true crime, identification, and fandom, and has an MA in Horror and Transgression.

Charlotte has over fifty fictional and nonfictional publications including a series of novellas, short stories, and articles.

She spends her time with family, drinking coffee, walking, and conversing with the various monsters that float around in her imagination.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Two hours of quality tuition from an experienced tutor.


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


2 hours (10:00am to 12:00pm)

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Ruth - - #37627

This was a really practical workshop for developing critical skills in reading which can be used in many situations, I think... Well structured, functional and useful. Thank you.

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Ruth - - #37472

Well structured 2 hour online course.... The instructor was very engaging and well prepared. She was enthusiastic and sensitive in her feedback. Very interesting content and the time flew by.

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Penny - - #32693

Our course tutor was extremely well versed in the subject and her enthusiasm was infectious. She also passed on great tips and advice for aspiring writers of the genre.

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