How to write dialogue: 4-week course

4 modules
with exercises
Insightful feedback
on your final submission
$39

How do you capture two (or more) characters’ distinct voices and make them come alive?

How do you format dialogue correctly? And how can you drive plot using conversations between characters?

Learn answers to these and more in Now Novel’s 4-week course, ‘How to Write Dialogue’. Equip yourself with tips and techniques for crafting effective, satisfying exchanges between characters.



Course Outline

MODULE

01

Intro to
Dialogue
MODULE

02

Illustrative
Dialogue
MODULE

03

Subtext
& Context
MODULE

04

Trade Secrets [and Final Submission]
MODULE

01

Intro to Dialogue
In the first week, we explore the crucial ways written dialogue differs from speech. We’ll cover how to format dialogue, and the crucial functions of dialogue in story, drawing on examples from well-known fiction.
MODULE

02

Illustrative Dialogue
In the second week, we’ll examine how to use dialogue to illustrate characters. You’ll learn how to use dialogue to reveal characters’ personalities and motivations creatively and how to use dialogue to build a fuller, richer world.
MODULE

03

Subtext & Context
In the third week, we’ll explore subtext and context. What lies beneath what characters say? How do people talk differently depending on setting and context?

MODULE

04

Trade Secrets [and Final Submission]
In the final week, we'll let you in on some of the best trade secrets for crafting amazing dialogue. We'll also troubleshoot some of the most common problems that writers encounter with writing dialogue. At the end of the final week you will write up to 1000 words of dialogue to submit to course tutors for detailed feedback.



Get the complete course for $39, including:

  • 4 modules featuring lessons on the art of dialogue writing, ‘Introduction to Dialogue’, ‘Illustrative Dialogue’, ‘Subtext & Context’ and ‘Trade Secrets [and Final Submission]’
  • Workbooks with exercises and examples for each module
  • An exclusive members-only group where you can get to know other course members and share your ideas, challenges and suggestions
  • Detailed feedback on your final submission, an extract of your own dialogue in which you apply the skills you’ve developed over the four weeks

We’ve kept course intake small so places are limited. Book your spot now or wait until the course opens again for registration.

‘Dialogue concentrates meaning; conversation dilutes it.'
– Robert McKee, Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage and Screen