How to Write Great Dialogue
Facilitator: Trevor Cole
Overview: Writing dialogue is not as easy as people think. The quickest way to determine whether a story is written by a good, experienced writer or a neophyte is to look at a few lines of the writer’s dialogue. Poorly written dialogue will ruin an otherwise well-conceived story. This mini workshop will give people insights into how to write dialogue that works.
BIO: Trevor Cole is an award-winning journalist and novelist. Way back when, he started in radio, writing ads for local businesses in Simcoe, Cornwall and Ottawa, Ont. He made the move to magazine journalism in the mid-eighties and ended up at The Globe and Mail, where he stayed for nearly fifteen years. As a journalist, he has won nine National Magazine awards and still writes for magazines such as Report on Business Magazine, Macleans and Toronto Life.
In the fall of 2000, surprising every right-thinking person, Trevor quit his full-time job at the Globe and Mail to write novels.
In his recently published book, The Whiskey King, Trevor delves into the dark history of prohibition, bootlegging and the dawn of the mafia in Canada, known then as The Black Hand. He introduces Canada’s first celebrity mobster, Rocco Perri, and the undercover mountie who tried to bring Perri and his common-law wife, Bessie Starkman, to justice.
His first two books — Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles — were both short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award and long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Norman Bray was also short-listed for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First Book in the Canada-Caribbean region.
Trevor’s third novel, Practical Jean, was nominated for the Rogers’ Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and won the famous Leacock Medal for Humour. His latest novel is Hope Makes Love, published by Cormorant Books. He lives in Toronto.