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People don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say. That’s true in real life and in fiction. Dialogue is not only about what is being said, but also about what is left unsaid. That is the playing field of narration: it shows us how people interact nonverbally, exposing the subtext that may not be apparent if you only hear the spoken words. So, how do you strike a perfect balance between the two? This webinar with editor Helga Schier will not try to give you a ready-made formula for the right mix of narration and dialogue. Instead, she will explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel. This webinar will explore how the interplay of dialogue and narration:

• Creates the atmosphere of a scene

• Exposes the context and circumstance of the dialogue

• Reveals the personality and relationship of the dialogue partners

• Builds the underlying tension, conflict, or motivation

• Drives the plot forward

A writer’s job is to create a world that unfolds before the reader’s eyes. We want to hear people speak and see what they do and where they do it. With the well-tuned interplay of dialogue and narration, you can create scenes that sizzle with romance, suspense, excitement, or joy, engaging the reader in your characters’ plight. 

About the Presenter:

Helga Schier, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of, an independent editorial services firm. She is also the editorial director of Equinox Books, a new publisher of quality genre fiction. With over 25 years of experience in the book publishing industry, Ms. Schier guides authors through the development and revision process. Ms. Schier’s editorial work focuses on the refinement of story, character, and style, helping writers sharpen their vision, refine their voice, and unlock the potential of their manuscripts. Her clients are published, self-published, and not-yet-published writers. In addition to editing other writers’ work, Ms. Schier has published essays on contemporary English and American fiction, and has translated several screenplays, memoirs, and a novel series. Visit her website or contact her at or visit