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. And that is the playing field of narration: it shows us how people interact nonverbally and reveals the hidden subtext to a conversation. In this session you 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; and drives the plot forward.