Crafting Powerful Dialogue

SCRIPT X 415.4

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.

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Fall
Spring
Summer
Remote
In-Person
Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

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.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Wednesday
Enrollment Closed
See Details
Instructor: Roberto Marinas
384299
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: Remote Classroom
Notes

No meeting February 23, 2022.

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course is held via video teleconference. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 26, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jan 12, 2022
6:00PM PT - 9:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jan 19, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Jan 26, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Feb 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 16, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Discussion
Wed Mar 23, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

Spring 2022 Schedule

Date & Time
Details
Format
 
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Thursday 7:00PM - 10:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens January 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM)
See Details
Instructor: Roberto Marinas
385799
Fee:
$695.00
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Location: UCLA
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 21, 2022
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Thu Apr 7, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu Apr 14, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu Apr 21, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu Apr 28, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu May 5, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu May 12, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu May 19, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu May 26, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu Jun 2, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129
Discussion
Thu Jun 9, 2022
7:00PM PT - 10:00PM PT
UCLA
Rolfe Hall 3129

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