Writing effective dialogue is a tricky business, but it if done well, there is a big payoff. Dialogue can create a strong connection between character and audience. It can also quicken the pace of a story: plot clips along and denser passages of description are leavened. In this in-depth, eight-week long workshop, students will learn how to craft well-timed and convincing dialogue. The cross-genre workshop will cover the basics of writing character monologues, penning dialogue for the stage and screen, and composing conversations for works of fiction. Students will be encouraged to workshop their writing on an ongoing basis, and some supplemental readings and exercises will be completed throughout the course. Additionally, students will learn essential editing skills and techniques, and will come away from the course knowing how to cut out unnecessary chatter!
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Create a 20-30 page portfolio of original dialogue in at least two different genres.
- Identify the basic techniques of dialogue writing by analyzing weekly assigned readings.
- Use terminology associated with dialogue writing through the discussion of weekly assigned readings.
- Write character monologues, dialogue for works of fiction, the stage and screen.
- Respectfully critique the creative work of others by participating in the workshop process, reading your own work and critiquing the work of others.
- Apply rules of punctuation to your dialogue writing and demonstrate the editing process.
- Use Your Words: Dialogue in the Service of Character
- Moving the Story Forward & Tension through Dialogue
- Writing Dialogue for the Stage
- Dialogue and Setting Tone and Mood
- Writing Dialogue for the Screen
- Lighten up! Writing Comedic Dialogue
- Where Do I Go From Here?
Additional RequirementsThis course is available to everyone. It is also an elective course in the Creative Writing Certificate.
- Class Participation: 25%
- First Major Project (Short Fiction): 25%
- Second Major Project (Stage Play): 25%
- Third Major Project (Screen Play): 25%
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Creative Writing Certificate : Electives