Welcome to a conference spotlight
Riding the Waves conference!
Today we have Julia Quinn who will be presenting the workshop EVOKING THE SCENE: Effective Dialogue for Writers.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is the youngest member of Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 24 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Have you presented sessions at previous conferences, for RWA or other organisations?
I have presented this workshop many times at the annual Romance Writers of America conference (as well as it many smaller regional conferences), but this will be the first time in Australia.
What will participants take away from this session? (OR what is the key outcome or take-home message?)
I hope participants will realize that good dialogue is so much more than just what is found “between the quotation marks.” And that dialogue impacts almost every aspect of a novel, from plot to pacing, characterization to voice.
Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?
Nothing hands-on, but I do actively encourage questions during the workshop. I much prefer taking questions as we go along to saving them all for the end. It makes the session much more lively and interactive.
Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?
I do. About half the examples are from my own books, and half from other romance novels. I’ve been giving this workshop for at least a dozen years, and every now and then I try to update the examples to include more recent titles, but I have to say—it’s actually quite difficult to find exactly what you need to demonstrate a particular point. I’ve ended up re-reading entire books (well, almost) just to find a certain grammatical construct.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2013 Riding The Waves conference in Fremantle?
I’ll be honest—I’m mostly just looking forward to being in Australia! This will be my first trip, and I’m beyond excited.
What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you?
My most recent release is The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, which is a collection of “2nd Epilogues” for the eight novels in my Bridgerton series (plus a bonus novella about Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the clan.) My next novel is The Sum of All Kisses, which goes on sale in the United States at the end of November.
Thank you, Julia!
Julia will also be participating in the workshop ‘Hanging Ten with Julia Quinn’