True to Teens: Dialogue in YA Fiction

Conference Workshop

It’s challenging enough to create realistic teen characters, but in the ever changing world of today’s young readers, how do you write dialogue that rings true? In this workshop, Joëlle Anthony covers writing dialogue that sounds believable and authentic, language trends, texting, profanity, and how to use these types of dialogue for maximum effect. We’ll try our hand at writing exercises designed to tighten your dialogue, and discuss whether there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed or if it’s a free-for-all in YA literature these days.