Instructor: Cynthia Thayer
Date & Time: Saturday, March 4 | 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $55 | Nonmember $110

Dialogue is the heart and soul of many compelling works of fiction. This workshop will address how dialogue in fiction can be utilized to propel story and create characters with more depth and complexity.

The workshop will focus on the potential power of dialogue, how it can drive a story, different ways to present dialogue in type, problems with dialect, and even how to use effectively use profanity. Attendees will read examples of good and bad dialogue, and do exercises writing some of each.

Cynthia Underwood Thayer was born in New York City in 1944, raised in Nova Scotia and migrated to Maine via Massachusetts forty years ago to farm organically. Fifteen years ago she wrote her first short story, which was published in the Antigonish Review, and was hooked on writing.

She earned her BA in British Literature from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and went on to do her graduate work in nineteenth century British literature. While in Massachusetts, she taught high school English and theater at Bridgewater-Raynham Region High School and since living in Maine, she has taught adult education classes at Sumner High School, workshops for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and Schoodic Arts for All, fiction writing with Turnstone Writers’ Workshop, and fiction writing at University of Maine at Machias.

Her first novel, Strong for Potatoes, published in 1998 by St. Martin’s Press, won the Rep’s Choice Award, was named best new fiction by Ingram Books, and was a Barnes and Noble “Discover” book. It was released 1999 in paperback and is available in Audio. Her second novel, A Certain Slant of Light, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2000. The condensed version was published by Reader’s Digest in English, Portuguese, Danish, and Swedish. Algonquin Books published her third novel, A Brief Lunacy.

She presents Indigo Dyeing workshops around New England, raises sheep, spins, and dyes wool at Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro. VISIT


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