Dialogue

As Rhett tells Scarlett in the movie Gone With the Wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (In the book version, there’s no “frankly.”) Either way it’s a good line, and you should give a damn about your dialogue. Dialogue is crucial to any kind of story—fiction, nonfiction, any kind of script. Bad dialogue can sink it like a hole in the hull, while good dialogue makes a story sail along beautifully.
 
Writing great dialogue is tricky. Here you’ll learn to write dialogue that sounds lifelike, but is carefully constructed so every line resonates with characterization and meaning.
 
If you feel your dialogue is in need of punching up, here’s your chance. “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Notes

This is a cross-genre course, applicable to any kind of writing that contains dialogue, including nonfiction.

“”
In a short time, my knowledge about the specific craft issue of dialogue went from pathetic to substantial.
Barbie Beaton
writer

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Dialogue

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Two three-hour sessions on separate days.

Zoom info, tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Dialogue Intensive topics include: real but not real, stage directions, characterization, desire/conflict, subtext.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher

Sat, Jul 11 & 18, 1–4 pm et
Zoom Conference

Dialogue

One-day Intensive

Seven hours in one day (with lunch break).

NYC Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Dialogue Intensive topics include: real but not real, stage directions, characterization, desire/conflict, subtext.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Spring NYC Schedule now available via Zoom Conference
Upcoming dates to be announced.

Dialogue

3-week Intensive

Three sessions (each lasting a week) on three consecutive weeks.

Online Tuition: $165
     Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $550 Request consultation

This course explores techniques for shaping and sharpening expert dialogue, for any type of writing. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises

Dialogue is open to writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

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Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Aug 11
 Sep 29