Fiction | Master Class

Good Talk: Master Class in Dialogue & Voice

Do you experience low grade fear every time your characters need to say something? Do you understand intellectually that sentient beings would never speak the lines you write, but feel unable to write anything else? Do your characters all sound like the same person? Do your characters all sound like you?

This is a master class for committed writers looking to bring their dialogue to the next level. You will learn how to make your characters sound like actual humans as we employ strategies to create breezy, awkward, driven, tense, hilarious, pointed, and above all, authentic dialogue. Using examples and in-class exercises, we will break your mental block around this most delightful aspect of good fiction. Isn't it time you let your characters have their say?

Mira Jacob

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. Her recent work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Vogue, Guernica, and The Scofield. She is currently drawing her graphic memoir, GOOD TALK: Conversations I’m Still Confused About (forthcoming from Dial Press).


"With wit and a rich understanding of human foibles, Jacob unspools a story that will touch your heart."


"By turns hilarious and tender and always attuned to shifts of emotion... [Jacob's] characters shimmer with life."


"A rich, engrossing debut told with lightness and care."


"[A] sprawling, poignant, often humorous novel . . . Told with humor and sympathy for its characters, the book serves as a bittersweet lesson in the binding power of family, even when we seek to break out from it."


Class Meeting
Location: Catapult HQ