How To Write Awesome Dialogue! For fiction, film, & theatre

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Course Description

This course will guide you through critical but often neglected aspects of designing a great plot for your story (no matter the genre or medium). From that foundation, you'll move through the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught to you by an award-winning published author with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential.

The course includes methods of improving both first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate the white space on the page, and more. You'll quickly find your own dialogue improving and increasing your opportunities to land an agent.

Who this course is for:

  • Aspiring writers wanting to publish traditionally or self-publish
  • Screenwriters and playwrights
  • Anyone interested in how to write better exchanges between characters in a story.

Course content

6 sections • 21 lectures • 1h 11m total length

Instructor

  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 66 Reviews
  • 324 Students
  • 4 Courses

Tom Leveen is an award-winning author and Bram Stoker Award-nominee of nine novels with imprints of Random House and Simon & Schuster and others, and almost a decade of professional teaching experience, and he has written for the comic book Spawn. He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at universities, writers associations, schools, conferences, and conventions in the U.S. and abroad. He brings more than twenty years of experience as a live theater actor and director to his fiction and his classrooms, marking him as an expert in dialogue for all mediums of storytelling.

Expected Outcomes

  1. You will identify areas in your stories where dialogue can be improved, increasing your chances of landing an agent or selling well as an independent writer. You will build stronger, more engaging plots regardless of medium or genre. Learn from an award-winning author with nine novels out by Random House, Simon & Schuster, and more Requirements You should be in the process of writing a story. Any length, any genre, any medium. Description This course will guide you through critical but often neglected aspects of designing a great plot for your story (no matter the genre or medium). From that foundation, you'll move through the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught to you by an award-winning published author with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. The course includes methods of improving both first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate the white space on the page, and more. You'll quickly find your own dialogue improving and increasing your opportunities to land an agent. Who this course is for: Aspiring writers wanting to publish traditionally or self-publish Screenwriters and playwrights Anyone interested in how to write better exchanges between characters in a story. Show more Show less Course content 6 sections • 21 lectures • 1h 11m total length Expand all sections Introduction 1 lecture • 3min Introduction Preview 02:59 PLOT 4 lectures • 17min Part One: Plot Preview 04:53 Actionable Goals Preview 05:40 Wishful Thinking 02:19 You Are the Star of the Show 03:38 SETTING THE STAGE 5 lectures • 16min Setting the Stage 07:44 French Scenes 02:17 Blocking 02:49 What's Happening To You? 01:37 The Moment Before 01:21 ON THE PAGE 6 lectures • 23min On The Page 06:06 Be Logical 00:44 Word Choice, Rhythm, Cadence, Tics, and More 07:30 To Use or Not To Use (Phonetic Spellings), That Is The Question 02:18 Punctuation: The Music of Dialogue 05:33 The Font of Knowledge 00:43 NARRATION 4 lectures • 8min What is "Voice"? 01:01 Emotional Memory 02:34 Point of View 01:44 Hard Returns and White Space 02:30 CONCLUSIONS 1 lecture • 5min The Black Box 05:28 Instructor Thomas Leveen Author 4.5 Instructor Rating 66 Reviews 324 Students 4 Courses Tom Leveen is an award-winning author and Bram Stoker Award-nominee of nine novels with imprints of Random House and Simon & Schuster and others, and almost a decade of professional teaching experience, and he has written for the comic book Spawn . He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at universities, writers associations, schools, conferences, and conventions in the U.S. and abroad. He brings more than twenty years of experience as a live theater actor and director to his fiction and his classrooms, marking him as an expert in dialogue for all mediums of storytelling. Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; var radios = document.querySelectorAll('[name="' + input.dataset.name + '"]'); for (var i = 0; i (function(){window['__CF$cv$params']={r:'6783240bfcd940dd',m:'889ee05cb871aa634cdfe0046bcab64b93a37855-1627863631-1800-AY1ax65MS8ssQ3X2zYz4PWo5vZvc3HmoDlAEIWChTI04q7IMK3kFiw1VRIevBzzhKmLeQ5ED82mqJ+VRP8Z84PVBnj9ARDw3HdCLCgsymZvtPHYtB8cjUhalEaUmjUNhjEab3hYDw81gB7AON/kRvYyjj71qjAsGH+RGxoFXy//4',s:[0x9243c1295c,0xc821cd17fa],}})();
  2. You will build stronger, more engaging plots regardless of medium or genre. Learn from an award-winning author with nine novels out by Random House, Simon & Schuster, and more Requirements You should be in the process of writing a story. Any length, any genre, any medium. Description This course will guide you through critical but often neglected aspects of designing a great plot for your story (no matter the genre or medium). From that foundation, you'll move through the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught to you by an award-winning published author with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. The course includes methods of improving both first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate the white space on the page, and more. You'll quickly find your own dialogue improving and increasing your opportunities to land an agent. Who this course is for: Aspiring writers wanting to publish traditionally or self-publish Screenwriters and playwrights Anyone interested in how to write better exchanges between characters in a story. Show more Show less Course content 6 sections • 21 lectures • 1h 11m total length Expand all sections Introduction 1 lecture • 3min Introduction Preview 02:59 PLOT 4 lectures • 17min Part One: Plot Preview 04:53 Actionable Goals Preview 05:40 Wishful Thinking 02:19 You Are the Star of the Show 03:38 SETTING THE STAGE 5 lectures • 16min Setting the Stage 07:44 French Scenes 02:17 Blocking 02:49 What's Happening To You? 01:37 The Moment Before 01:21 ON THE PAGE 6 lectures • 23min On The Page 06:06 Be Logical 00:44 Word Choice, Rhythm, Cadence, Tics, and More 07:30 To Use or Not To Use (Phonetic Spellings), That Is The Question 02:18 Punctuation: The Music of Dialogue 05:33 The Font of Knowledge 00:43 NARRATION 4 lectures • 8min What is "Voice"? 01:01 Emotional Memory 02:34 Point of View 01:44 Hard Returns and White Space 02:30 CONCLUSIONS 1 lecture • 5min The Black Box 05:28 Instructor Thomas Leveen Author 4.5 Instructor Rating 66 Reviews 324 Students 4 Courses Tom Leveen is an award-winning author and Bram Stoker Award-nominee of nine novels with imprints of Random House and Simon & Schuster and others, and almost a decade of professional teaching experience, and he has written for the comic book Spawn . He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at universities, writers associations, schools, conferences, and conventions in the U.S. and abroad. He brings more than twenty years of experience as a live theater actor and director to his fiction and his classrooms, marking him as an expert in dialogue for all mediums of storytelling. Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; var radios = document.querySelectorAll('[name="' + input.dataset.name + '"]'); for (var i = 0; i (function(){window['__CF$cv$params']={r:'6783240bfcd940dd',m:'889ee05cb871aa634cdfe0046bcab64b93a37855-1627863631-1800-AY1ax65MS8ssQ3X2zYz4PWo5vZvc3HmoDlAEIWChTI04q7IMK3kFiw1VRIevBzzhKmLeQ5ED82mqJ+VRP8Z84PVBnj9ARDw3HdCLCgsymZvtPHYtB8cjUhalEaUmjUNhjEab3hYDw81gB7AON/kRvYyjj71qjAsGH+RGxoFXy//4',s:[0x9243c1295c,0xc821cd17fa],}})();
  3. Learn from an award-winning author with nine novels out by Random House, Simon & Schuster, and more Requirements You should be in the process of writing a story. Any length, any genre, any medium. Description This course will guide you through critical but often neglected aspects of designing a great plot for your story (no matter the genre or medium). From that foundation, you'll move through the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught to you by an award-winning published author with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. The course includes methods of improving both first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate the white space on the page, and more. You'll quickly find your own dialogue improving and increasing your opportunities to land an agent. Who this course is for: Aspiring writers wanting to publish traditionally or self-publish Screenwriters and playwrights Anyone interested in how to write better exchanges between characters in a story. Show more Show less Course content 6 sections • 21 lectures • 1h 11m total length Expand all sections Introduction 1 lecture • 3min Introduction Preview 02:59 PLOT 4 lectures • 17min Part One: Plot Preview 04:53 Actionable Goals Preview 05:40 Wishful Thinking 02:19 You Are the Star of the Show 03:38 SETTING THE STAGE 5 lectures • 16min Setting the Stage 07:44 French Scenes 02:17 Blocking 02:49 What's Happening To You? 01:37 The Moment Before 01:21 ON THE PAGE 6 lectures • 23min On The Page 06:06 Be Logical 00:44 Word Choice, Rhythm, Cadence, Tics, and More 07:30 To Use or Not To Use (Phonetic Spellings), That Is The Question 02:18 Punctuation: The Music of Dialogue 05:33 The Font of Knowledge 00:43 NARRATION 4 lectures • 8min What is "Voice"? 01:01 Emotional Memory 02:34 Point of View 01:44 Hard Returns and White Space 02:30 CONCLUSIONS 1 lecture • 5min The Black Box 05:28 Instructor Thomas Leveen Author 4.5 Instructor Rating 66 Reviews 324 Students 4 Courses Tom Leveen is an award-winning author and Bram Stoker Award-nominee of nine novels with imprints of Random House and Simon & Schuster and others, and almost a decade of professional teaching experience, and he has written for the comic book Spawn . He has been a keynote speaker and guest lecturer at universities, writers associations, schools, conferences, and conventions in the U.S. and abroad. He brings more than twenty years of experience as a live theater actor and director to his fiction and his classrooms, marking him as an expert in dialogue for all mediums of storytelling. Show more Show less Udemy Business Teach on Udemy Get the app About us Contact us Careers Blog Help and Support Affiliate Impressum Kontakt Terms Privacy policy Cookie settings Sitemap © 2021 Udemy, Inc. window.handleCSSToggleButtonClick = function (event) { var target = event.currentTarget; var cssToggleId = target && target.dataset && target.dataset.cssToggleId; var input = cssToggleId && document.getElementById(cssToggleId); if (input) { if (input.dataset.type === 'checkbox') { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; } else { input.dataset.checked = input.dataset.allowToggle && input.dataset.checked ? '' : 'checked'; var radios = document.querySelectorAll('[name="' + input.dataset.name + '"]'); for (var i = 0; i (function(){window['__CF$cv$params']={r:'6783240bfcd940dd',m:'889ee05cb871aa634cdfe0046bcab64b93a37855-1627863631-1800-AY1ax65MS8ssQ3X2zYz4PWo5vZvc3HmoDlAEIWChTI04q7IMK3kFiw1VRIevBzzhKmLeQ5ED82mqJ+VRP8Z84PVBnj9ARDw3HdCLCgsymZvtPHYtB8cjUhalEaUmjUNhjEab3hYDw81gB7AON/kRvYyjj71qjAsGH+RGxoFXy//4',s:[0x9243c1295c,0xc821cd17fa],}})();