Coloring Outside the Lines (of Dialogue)

Coloring Outside the Lines (of Dialogue)

What more can I say? We are, with this prompt, reaching the end of dialogue month. I’d like to turn to a third short story, the most classic of this trio of modern classics: “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Maybe you read it in high school or college. This would be a...
Dialogue in Nonfiction: Is it Out of Bounds?

Dialogue in Nonfiction: Is it Out of Bounds?

The question of whether to include dialogue in creative nonfiction strikes at the heart of a larger controversy about creative nonfiction: how true must it be? In a genre defined by what it’s not—fictional; made up—plenty of people have nevertheless argued to...
How We Were: Relationship and Dialogue

How We Were: Relationship and Dialogue

Dialogue month continues with a close look at another modern classic short story: “In The Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel.  Hempel’s prose is the tersest of the terse. Every sentence stings like a papercut, and the lines of dialogue are no...