How To Write Funny Compelling Dialogue That Doesn't Suck

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Great, funny, compelling dialogue is easier than you think. It comes when you focus on one single thing: your moral premise.  There’s a vice, and a virtue, ready to argue with each other.  Funny lines arrive…

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Classroom
Starting at $575.00
As few as 11 weeks
3.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Study how the moral premise of your story feeds into comedic opportunities
  • Turn life experience into funny dialogue that resonates in your script
  • Employ effective editing techniques to ensure only the best lines survive
  • Identify dialogue pitfalls and learn to avoid them

About this course:

Great, funny, compelling dialogue is easier than you think. It comes when you focus on one single thing: your moral premise.  There’s a vice, and a virtue, ready to argue with each other.  Funny lines arrive when you see the strengths and weaknesses in your argument.  In this workshop, you learn how screenplay structure can be dialogue’s best friend; how to write great dialogue by drawing from your worst life moments, and how to be a ruthless editor.  You also learn how to avoid dialogue pitfalls like wordiness, clunkiness, ambivalence, and wishy-washiness. By the end of the course you write dialogue that cracks like a whip.

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Monday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Michael Jann
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Fee:
$575.00
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Notes

No meeting November 12, 2018.

Enrollment limited to 20 students. No refund after September 26, 2018.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after September 26, 2018
Course Requirements
Internet access required.
Schedule
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Discussion
Mon Sep 24, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Oct 1, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Oct 8, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Oct 15, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Oct 22, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Oct 29, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Nov 5, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Nov 12, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Nov 19, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Nov 26, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323
Discussion
Mon Dec 3, 2018
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
School of Public Affairs Bldg. 1323

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