Crafting Powerful Dialogue
Take a deep dive into putting the best words into your characters’ mouths in this exercise and workshop-based course teaching you to put your best voice forward.
What you can learn.
- Learn how dialogue develops character, plot, and theme
- Improve your script’s dialogue and make each character sound unique
- Complete exercises and analyses of successful scripts and clips
- How to take a hands-on approach to improving your dialogue craft
About this course:Dialogue may seem to be the easiest and most fun aspect of screenwriting (look at all those pages fly by, and with so much white space!), yet it's often the most difficult thing for the aspiring screenwriter to do well. Great dialogue is a vital vehicle for developing character, enhancing plot, and speaking to theme, among its many other uses. This course explores all of dialogue's functions in depth, and provides you with the pragmatic skill set that will make your dialogue more effective and make it snap, crackle, and pop on the page. Through writing exercises, analysis of screenplay pages and classic clips from both features and TV, and a dialogue diary that will help you develop an ear for good conversation, you sharpen and hone your dialogue prowess, and you put your new skills to work on your own projects, both present and future.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.
No meeting May 25.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.