Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact: Crafting Fresh Dialogue That Snaps, Crackles and Pops Off the Page
At a Glance
There are three kinds of feelings when reading a script - yes, no, and WOW! Your job as a screenwriter is to create that WOW! feeling on as many pages as possible. But writing authentic, sparkling, well-crafted dialogue that individualizes characters and entertains the reader is the ultimate challenge for screenwriters, who otherwise may have solid script elements, and yet are bound to fail because of flawed dialogue.
In Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact, bestselling author Karl Iglesias will showcase over 50 dialogue techniques and lots of examples from highly successful screenwriters that turn bland, on-the-nose dialogue into striking speech that snaps, crackles and pops off the page.
How-to books and seminars discuss dialogue superficially, and are more often prescriptive than enlightening. They focus on what dialogue must do but neglect discussing specific techniques on how to do it. Expanding on the essential elements of all successful scripts - the reader's emotional experience - this 4-week course will analyze great dialogue and offer helpful dialogue rewriting exercises.
If you're looking to raise your dialogue to professional standards, Writing Dialogue for Emotional Impact is the course for you.
Here’s a general breakdown of subjects covered in this course:
Week 1: Freshness
- Introduction to great dialogue, its function, and most common amateur problems
- 15 advanced techniques for turning flat, predictable and dull dialogue into sparkling & entertaining dialogue
Week 2: Individuality
- 10 advanced techniques for developing a distinct voice for each character
Week 3: Subtle Exposition
- 9 advanced techniques for weaving in information without losing the reader's interest
Week 4: Subtext
- 12 advanced techniques for adding depth, emotion, & meaning through "off-the-nose" dialogue
- Final words and advanced dialogue tips from pros
- Publisher: Writers University
- Date available: 01/01/2010
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Meet the Author: Karl Iglesias
Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters. He teaches at UCLA Extension’s Writers' Program, where he’s just won the Outstanding Instructor Award for 20...