Speaker & Session Preview: Georgia Knapp

When she is not traveling the world or taking the stage, writer Georgia Knapp takes the time to combine the world of new scenery and her experiences within them. This year Knapp communicates tips on writing engaging dialogue during “We Need to Talk: Dos and Don’ts of Writing Effective Dialogue.” Read on for Knapp’s goals to navigate her writing and HippoCamp 2016.


georgia knapp on boat

We don’t want to give too much away about your session, but please share with us a golden nugget that you hope attendees will take away from your talk that isn’t found on the program description.

I am really hoping that people will be less afraid of dialogue and will learn to just write what they hear.

Tell us who would benefit most from your session and why.

Anyone who struggles to write scenes. Scenes really carry a lot of nonfiction writing and can present a lot of exposition in an engaging way. Dialogue is usually key in scenes (or key to keeping scenes engaging, at least) and I think anyone who wants to write better scenes will benefit from my session.

Aside from speaking, what you are most looking forward to about being part of the HippoCamp?

I am really looking forward to meeting fellow CNF writers and learning all that I can from their talks. I am also really looking forward to the keynote by Mary Karr! I am going to try to not have a “fan-girl” moment, but it will be tough.

What are you most looking forward to about visiting Lancaster? (And if you’re from the central PA region, what are you most excited to share with attendees and other speakers?)

I have driven through PA in the past, but I have never stopped and explored the area. I am hoping to walk around Lancaster a bit and be a tourist for a day (or even just a few hours). I always love exploring new places!



Georgia Knapp is one of our many writers at HippoCamp who will inspire techniques for writers wishing to move away from self-doubt or mistakes. Register now for Hippocamp here