Making Your Character Voices Pop


Use prompts and exercises to spend time with your characters outside the world of your story, learning more about their voices and reactions in various situations.

Starting at $485.00
As few as 6 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Explore how your characters think, feel and behave in a variety of scenarios
  • Separate your characters for the story in your script to witness them moving through life
  • Discover what makes each character unique and responsive to people and situations around them
  • Identify how to enhance these characters' voices when placing them back into the world of your script

About this course:

We take it for granted that real people bring their personalities to situations completely unrelated to their most pressing motivations and conflicts. What would it look like if our characters did the same? Now that you have a first draft of your screenplay or TV pilot, this course lets you unshackle your characters from the hard work of delivering your story so you can experience what they’re like “off the clock.” Through a series of writing exercises, you’ll explore how your characters think, feel and behave when confronted with mundane situations we all recognize from everyday life. The premise of this course is that once your characters reveal to you what makes them interesting and distinct in situations divorced from the aims of your plot, you’ll see how to let them express themselves more vividly when it really counts.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
Thursday 4:00PM - 7:00PM PT
Future Offering (Opens February 05, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Dave Polsky
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Location: Remote Classroom

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

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 May 09, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
(Optional) Book: WRITING SCREENPLAYS THAT SELL by Michael Hauge
Thu Apr 25, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
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Thu May 2, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
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Thu May 9, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Thu May 16, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Thu May 23, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
Remote Classroom
Thu May 30, 2024
4:00PM PT - 7:00PM PT
Remote Classroom

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