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.

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If you want to be a pro at dialogue take this course!
A.C. Riley
screenwriter

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Dialogue

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  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.

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Teacher
Not offered online.

Dialogue

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    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
This class may be taken online as a 3-week Intensive.

Dialogue

3-week Intensive

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    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
 Nov 10