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Penny Penniston

Penny Penniston is a Chicago playwright and screenwriter. Her screenplay, Love is Brilliant, won the Sloan prize at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival. Her stage play, Spin, will have its world premiere in April in Chicago with Theater Wit. She has taught dramatic writing at Northwestern University and guest lectured on screenwriting at DePaul University. Her book, Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters, was recently published by Michael Wiese Productions.

Articles by Penny Penniston

Subtext Speaks

The dialogue scene you're struggling with? Take the page, crumple it into a paper ball and throw it into the trash can across the room. If you can make the shot, then you instinctively understand everything you need to know in order to write subtext.

Making the shot requires an unconscious set of calculations. You can't just throw the paper ball in a straight line. You must take into account... (read more)