Writing Dialogue (Lit Starts) A Book of Writing Prompts
Writing Dialogue (Lit Starts)
A Book of Writing Prompts
By San Francisco Writers' Grotto
Foreword by Shanthi Sekaran
  • Imprint: Abrams Noterie
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2019
  • Price: $12.99
  • Trim Size: 5 14 x 8
  • ISBN: 978-1-4197-3831-9
  • EAN: 9781419738319
  • Page Count: 96
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: World/All

A fill-in book from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, authors of the best-selling 642 Things series.

Focus on a single aspect of the craft of writing with help from the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Writing Dialogue begins a foreword by author and educator Shanthi Sekaran, who offers pointers for creating believable speech in your fiction. The rest of the book consists of prompts and space to write, providing opportunities to explore how dialogue can bring your characters and plotlines to life. Among other ideas, you’ll be asked to write speech for:

  • a pent-up confession of love 

  • a family’s reaction when dinner is ruined 

  • a job interview in which the interviewee has all the power 

  • a first date that is going well (and then not so well) 

  • a toast at dinner party, honoring someone who has wronged you 


Perfectly sized to take to a café, on vacation, or on your morning commute, this book is designed for practicing your creative writing a little bit at a time.

Special Features

  • Paperback with textured cover stock, flaps, and a lay-flat binding
  • Advice from a published writer, followed by fill-in prompts and space to write
  • Part of a collection of single-subject writing prompt books by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto

Check out the other books in the Lit Starts series: Writing Action, Writing Character, and Writing Humor

About the author

The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto is a community of writers that was founded in 1994. It now has more than 100 members who share workspace and teach classes in downtown San Francisco. Shanthi Sekaran’s recent novel, Lucky Boy, was an NPR Best Book of 2017. She teaches creative writing in the San Francisco Bay Area.