The University of the arts

Screenwriting: the Art of Dialogue
The University of the Arts

CE 1901N 01 Screenwriting: the Art of Dialogue

CE 1901N 01

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David Greenberg



Summer 2017

  • (Jun. 6 to Jul. 11)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Tuition: $225 / Fees: $15
Interested in striking up a juicy conversation between your characters? You may have a strong story premise, but the ability to write character-based dialogue is the key that will separate excellent screenwriting from the mediocre. This workshop will help you develop the voice of your characters and improve your dramatic scenes. Intended for both beginning and more experienced screenwriters, this workshop will strengthen your skills in scene work, dialogue and "voice." Participants will receive feedback on their work in a supportive environment, and learn to address dialog-centric scene problems.

Course Content

This course allows the relatively experienced screenwriter to sharpen an existing screenplay by tightening up scenes and polishing dialogue or introduces techniques to approach dialogue and scene structure in a future screenplay.

What will you learn in this course?

  • identify dramatic story beats within a scene

  • understand the function of a sequence and build one

  • understand how to create a rich character through what they say and how they say or what they do not say and how they do not say it

  • write well-structured scenes w/appropriate description and dialogue appropriate to a character and situation

Course Materials + Resources

  • Screenwriting software such as Final Draft, MovieMagic Screenwriter or Celtx is recommended.

  • A feature-length script might be supplied for study and analysis.

  • Digication course management software will be used.