First Coast Romance Writers, an affiliate of Romance Writers of America®, is an organization for both published and unpublished writers, as well as any individuals involved in the writing/publishing industry. The membership includes writers of all levels, from those working on their first manuscripts to award-winning authors.

The chapter is dedicated to promoting excellence in romantic fiction through monthly meetings and workshops in a comfortable forum where published and unpublished writers share knowledge about the constantly evolving publishing industry.

FCRW strives to help writers become published and establish careers with innovative programs, networking opportunities and pertinent information on effective marketing techniques for members’ novels.


February 10, 2018

Joni M. Fisher – Workshop Overview: Crafting Memorable Dialog

We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers.  You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. This workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply to your work: discovering when and when not to use dialogue, infusing conflict, employing text and subtext, creating suspense, transforming the predictable, cutting to the chase, individualizing characters through speech markers, applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity, using three types of tags to show goals motivations and conflict, and formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

Joni M. Fisher is a journalist, and instrument-rated private pilot, and an active member of the Florida Writers Association, the Kiss of Death Chapter and the Tampa Area Romance Authors Chapter of RWA, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.  Books in her Compass Crimes Series have garnered attention in Publisher’s Weekly and Literary Awards, the Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the Sheila Contest, and earned a Reader’s Favorite 5-Star Review.  For more information,  see  www.jonimfisher.com




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