Teens Say the Damnedest Things with Anna Denisch

Character Teens Say the Damnedest Things with Anna Denisch

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  1. Characters
  2. Dialogue
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Class Length
1 Week
Capturing the voice of characters is difficult on its own, but it’s even harder when you’re writing for a different generation. Writing Young Adult works allows us to connect to our younger selves and relive the aches and pains of growing up. But what we said (and even did) as young adults isn’t always in tune with what actual young adults do today. After all, many people in older generations never would have dreamed of cursing, and now teens do it all the time. Writing in the voice of a YA character means taking the time to learn how they speak, and not just in choice of words. This workshop will explore the voice of teen and young adult characters, including dialect, vernacular, and all things rhetoric (like code switching).
Lesson One: Where Are They From - Learn how to use regional setting and family
background to determine the basic building blocks of your character’s speech.

Lesson Two: Who Do They Know - Understand how different social settings can change a
character’s speech, and what that means for your YA cast.

Lesson Three: Reality Vs. Fiction - Determine how realistic your YA dialogue needs to be and
when to accept to stand up to critiques on it.
Class Format
Savvy Authors' workshops are held on a forum: a bulletin board based system. You will receive a reminder notice one day prior to the start of the workshop that includes instructions on how to access the workshop forum. If you have not received instructions by the day the workshop begins, please check your spam filter.

The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
Start date
Jan 9, 2023 at 9:00 AM
End date
Jan 16, 2023 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Jan 12, 2023 at 12:50 AM
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