Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Diana Ma on Writing Dialogue in YA Romance

Date(s) - 12/14/2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Diana Ma:

Writing Dialogue in YA Romance: Witty Banter, Meet Cute and Slow Burn


What is the trick to laugh-out-loud romcom banter? What makes a meet cute…well, cute? ​​​​How do you keep those sparks flying between your main characters? This workshop will provide tips, examples, and writing exercises to help you craft sparkling/adorable/intense dialogue in your YA romance novel!


Fees are non-refundable.

SCBWI members: $10 

Nonmembers: $15


Diana Ma is a Chinese American author of Young Adult and Middle Grade books and teaches at North Seattle College. Her debut novel Heiress Apparently was a 2021 Washington State Book Award finalist in Young Adult Literature. Diana was also a 2019 We Need Diverse Books mentee and is a Highlights Foundation Muslim Storytellers Fellow. She is represented by Christa Heschke and Daniele Hunter of McIntosh and Otis and has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and an MA with a Creative Writing focus from the University of Illinois, Chicago. More information can be found about Diana on her website:



Register Below:

This virtual webinar will be presented via Zoom Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 PM Pacific. Registration is required. Note that registration closes at midnight, Monday, December 12, or once we reach capacity. Register now to reserve your spot! If you are an SCBWI member, please log in to your SCBWI account to register.


All confirmed registrants will receive an email containing the event’s access information by Tuesday, December 13.