Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue with Anoop Judge

Crafting Compelling Characters & Dialogue

Two Thursdays, June 20 and 27
5:00PM -7:00PM


Online via Zoom
Classes will be recorded and video replay will be available for a limited time. 

* Note that for all classes held on Zoom, registration closes at noon the day before the class begins.  Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead.


In this two-day workshop, students will explore how to craft compelling characters and dialogue for any genre (fiction, essays, nonfiction, or memoir).

Meeting 1, Character: Characters are the heartbeat of any story. Through them, we can explore and make sense of the world. During our first meeting, we will explore the tools you need to develop a variety of compelling characters with their own storylines and adventures. Learn to create a protagonist you can’t wait to meet.

Meeting 2, Dialogue: How can you best give voice to your characters? Dialogue serves many essential functions. In this meeting, we’ll examine the range of ways that great writers incorporate dialogue into their prose. You’ll also learn how to avoid dialogue pitfalls like wordiness, clunkiness, ambivalence, and wishy-washiness. 

Anoop Judge, born and raised in New Delhi, is the author of four novels, The Rummy Club which won the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, The Awakening of Meena Rawat, an excerpt of which was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize, No Ordinary Thursday, and Mercy and Grace. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Green Hills Literary Lantern, Rigorous Journal, Lit Hub, Lumiere Review, DoubleBack Review, and the Ornament anthology, among others. Anoop calls herself a “recovering litigator” —she worked in state and federal courts for many years before she replaced legal briefs with fictional tales. She holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College of California and was the recipient of the 2021 Advisory Board Award and the 2023 Alumni Scholarship. Anoop has worked as an Instructor at Stanford University and through The Writer's Grotto in San Francisco, teaching classes on Novel Writing, and How to Plot a Novel.