If you have time for a "Part II" to this exercise, have each pair revise their dialogue set to include a couple of "beats" or the the "action tags" that show the small actions characters take as they engage in dialogue.
For example: During this creative writing activity, encourage group members to ask questions that reveal character, rather than only questions about appearance.
These creative writing activities or exercises can be used in a classroom or workshop situation.
Some of them may be adapted for use as online exercises.
The brook in the gully behind the garden, a trembling trickle most of the time, was tonight a loud torrent that tumbled over itself in its avid truckling to gravity, as it carried through corridors of beech and spruce last year's leaves, and some leafless twigs, and a brand-new, unwanted soccer ball that had recently rolled into the water from the sloping lawn after Pnin disposed of it by defenestration.
(p.108)Distribute a short story to everyone in the group and have them read it.
Behind him, nothing but ash-colored sky, bare trees, and plumes of smoke belching from the factory in the distance.
A lone sparrow rested on a branch, one beady eye watching.
Ask them to make an A-Z list of appealing words from the story, one word for each letter of the alphabet, if possible.
When everyone has finished, suggest a starting word, and have someone choose a word from his or her list that begins with the final letter of your original word.