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PostSubject: Navigating Your Way through the Maze of Dialogue Punctuation (and More)   Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:47 pm

The Queen’s April workshop Navigating Your Way through the Maze of Dialogue Punctuation (and More) is scheduled for April 25-29, 2011. The cost is $15.00. Send her an e-mail if you are interested. Don’t miss the special offer at the end of the info.

Think about punctuating dialogue for a minute. Commas, periods, and quotation marks come to mind quickly, but these aren’t the only marks you’ll use.

Do you know how to decide if a question mark goes inside or outside the quotation marks? Do you need a period or comma after dashes or ellipses? When do you use dashes and ellipses? Are they interchangeable?

Dialogue has other issues than just punctuation. Those tags – Is it okay to get creative with them? Should you use them at all? What if you put the person’s name to whom the dialogue is directed at the beginning of each dialogue passage? Can you get rid of the tags that way?

What about breaking up the dialogue? Your editor, your friend, or the book you’re reading says that you shouldn’t have large tracts of dialogue. How do you do that? Is it okay to use bad grammar in dialogue? What about dialects? How much is too much?

The Queen of English will answer these questions and many others related to good dialogue written correctly. You will also receive a .pdf of the workshop at the end of it.

The SPECIAL PROMOTION for the April workshop will save you and a friend $5.00 each. If you have a friend sign up with you, then it’s only $20.00 for both of you. I’m sure you won’t have a problem finding a friend to bring (drag) along to the next workshop. It’s for her/his own good!

E-mail The Queen of English with your and your friend’s name and e-mail address. She’ll take it from there.

Every writer will benefit from this class. She promises. E-mail her at queenofenglish@live.com or log onto queenofenglish.wordpress.com for more information.

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