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Dialogue & Subtext in Your Script

Friday, September 16th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
12 seats max

The task of figuring out your characters' voices–figuring out what they say and when they say it–in your screenplay can be a daunting one. But what about focusing on what your characters don't say?

In this fun and interactive 3-hour workshop, learn approaches to dialogue and subtext in dramatic writing through prompts and writing activities. We will study examples of subtext and character voice from movie clips and script excerpts and we will cover some of the basic elements of dialogue writing in screenwriting. We will also write our own dialogue from several in-class activities and writing prompt exercises. Students will walk away with more tools to approach their dialogue writing and feel confident they can express on the page what their character does and doesn't say.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

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