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March 2016 Meeting

March 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dialogue in the Courtroom and beyond: the Art of Questioning

Join us as CaRWA’s own Emily Vale, a lawyer herself, talks about writing authentic courtroom scenes and dialogue!

Whether you are a writer setting your story around a hot-headed lawyer in the melodramatic space of the Courtroom, or one who simply wants to inject more power in their dialogue, this workshop will help you think purposefully about the questions and interactions your characters have with one another. What questions should your characters be asking in their dialogue to reveal story? Questioning is a form of discovery, a way to find out new information from a character, and good questioning in your dialogue will keep your reader interested.

This workshop will focus on questioning techniques in the Courtroom, from cross-examination to direct questioning, with an interactive presentation to let you see these techniques in action. But beyond the Court, it will help you focus on giving your dialogue an active direction that is revealing and intriguing for the reader.

About Emily Vale

Emily Varga

Emily Valeis a family law lawyer practicing at McGurk LLP in Calgary, a family law boutique firm. Emily has experience appearing before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Provincial Court of Alberta, and numerous administrative tribunals in Calgary. Across her practice she has had experience running trials, questionings and applications in the areas of family law, criminal law, civil litigation, wills and estates litigation, administrative law and real estate law.

Emily obtained her law degree from University of Calgary law school. Prior to attending law school, Emily graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts and then went on to work in the book publishing industry in Toronto. She also spent time in Aberdeen, Scotland, drafting policy for the Scottish Government.

Emily loves travelling and has recently taken trips through China, Australia and New Zealand. She enjoys hot yoga, advocating for animal welfare and watching British TV shows.

And don’t forget to bring your mug if you want tea or coffee!



March 15, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Highland Park Community Centre
3716 2 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 0Y4 Canada
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