Dialogue Writing

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.”


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

The instructor was down-to-earth, knowledgeable, and accessible for questions.
Jen Hilt

Dialogue Writing | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $250 Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

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

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

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

 Jun 18
Sat, 11 am–6 pm
1450 Broadway
 Jun 24
Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.
 Aug 26
Fri, 10 am–5 pm
555 8th Ave.