DIALOGUE Class Being Offered this Fall, 2015! Register Now!
Course: DIALOGUE (CRW 203)
Instructor: Jeff Baker
When/Where: MW, 11:00-11:50, CL 43 (Hybrid)
In CRW203 – Dialogue, you will read modern stories and plays, learn to choreograph multi-character scenes, practice conveying dialects in text, and likely eavesdrop on conversations (for academic purposes only) at various inexpensive restaurants around the valley. In doing so, you will learn the methods behind such brilliant and engaging conversations as:
“Hi! How are you?” he asked. / “I’m fine,” she said.
“What do you want to do for dinner?” she asked. / “I don’t know, dear. What do you want to do for dinner?” he replied.
And the modern classic:
Ultimately, this is a writing course with the laser focus of learning effective dialogue techniques and strengthening scene development. (And, you know, avoiding the staleness of the examples above.)
Jeff Baker is a graduate of Arizona State University’s MFA program and earned his BA from the University of Florida. He has published stories in various literary journals; worked as a prose editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review; written scripts and developed environments for online video games; co-wrote crude, independent film shorts about souls and whiffle ball; and once worked as a ghost writer on a novel about heroic cheese mongers in space, but left the project due to creative differences.
Jeff has been teaching for ten years and he has taught creative writing and other English courses for Glendale, Estrella Mountain, and ASU. He is a lover of novels and flash fiction, a student and admirer of creative nonfiction and poetry, a dabbler in stage and screenplays, a backseat driver, only partially organized, an Aquarius, a proponent of long and complicated lists, and a believer that reading can make a person a better writer.
When he grows up, he would like to be an astronaut.