Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Online

Course Details
$190 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Jun 05, 1:00pm - Jun 12, 4:00pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

Price includes $25 registration fee, paid once per term.
Purchase Options
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this creative writing class:

As Rhett tells Scarlett in the movie Gone With the Wind, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” (In the book version, there’s no “frankly.”) Either way it’s a good line, and you should give a damn about your dialogue. Dialogue is crucial to any kind of story—fiction, nonfiction, any kind of script. Bad dialogue can sink it like a hole in the hull, while good dialogue makes a story sail along beautifully.

Writing great dialogue is tricky. Here you’ll learn to write dialogue that sounds lifelike, but is carefully constructed so every line resonates with characterization and meaning.

If you feel your dialogue is in need of punching up, here’s your chance. “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Dialogue Intensive topics include: 

  • Real but not real
  • Stage directions
  • Characterization
  • Desire/conflict, subtext

This is a cross-genre course, applicable to any kind of writing that contains dialogue, including nonfiction.

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for Coronavirus situations.   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.

If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.

You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price. 

Important Notes:

  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.
Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $190
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Jun 12 1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (733)

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Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Gary G. on 9/21/2019
It was a great and specific overview of dialogue. Dialogue, at least in screenwriting, is inextricably linked to plot, structure, and character so we touched on those too as they intersected dialogue.
Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/11/2018
I didn't really get anything out of this class, but it may also be my learning style. The professor was very interactive. I just felt as if it were better suited to a class on screenplays or stage writing than prose.
Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 2/3/2018
I learned a lot in the class. However I had 2 issues: 1. The teacher was terrific except he had not read all of the books that he referenced in the class. So if there was no context, he was unable to set up the scene since he hadn’t read the book. 2. We did exercises, but due to the time constraints, only a few of us got to read our samples aloud. As a result, I didn’t know whether I really got the concept or not.
Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/27/2017
I enjoyed this class and thought it was worthwhile. We did some useful exercises and learned skills to help with writing dialogue. The instructor answered all of our questions and gave us feedback in class.
Dialogue Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Danette J. on 8/26/2017
I just finished a full-day dialogue writing class given by Richard Caliban. It was intensive and well-worth the time and money. I learned so much! I liked everything about the class but the most interesting was going over a number of different methods used by successful writers to employ dialogue in prose, theatre and film. I had never seen it broken down this way and didn't even think of dialogue in these terms before. It was incredibly helpful to understand how each approach has its own magic, depending on what one wants to accomplish. We also learned about techniques to convey emotion, keep tension, maintain intrigue, and the importance of using imagery to paint a picture of what the character wants or means, rather than having our characters expressly say what they want or mean. This will really help me improve my writing. I also appreciated that we got to practice using a few different techniques. Richard then gave us feedback on our work in front of the class and I found it very worthwhile to learn not only from my piece, but also from everyone else's attempt to write dialogue. No one felt uncomfortable sharing because we got so much out of it. At the end of the day, it all hinged on Richard. His knowledge about dialogue writing is impressive. He was able to take every comment and question, and give us specific insight and first hand examples to help us understand how to use dialogue. I'd take another class from him at the drop of a hat.
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