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Dialogue can be a tricky problem for many writers. The way we talk and the way we think doesn't always look right on the page. New writers often struggle creating dialogue that doesn't sound stilted, forced, or just plain weird. Good writing strikes a balance between narrative and dialogue, so how do you make sure you're sharing the right information? This presentation will help writers learn how to format their dialogue, how to find your characters' voices, how to make it sound natural, and how to avoid five big mistakes that writers often make. Three key things attendees will learn in this session:

1) How to create natural sounding dialogue
2) How to properly format dialogue, including several tricky issues
3) When to use dialogue and when to use narrative to drive a story forward

About the Presenter:
Erik Deckers is the president of Pro Blog Service, a content marketing agency with clients throughout the United States. He is also the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bull**** Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and a newspaper humor columnist since 1994. He has written several radio and stage plays, and numerous business articles. Erik was the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, and now serves on their board of directors.