Creating Subtext in Your Dialogue: The Meaning Behind the Words
ABOUT THIS WEBINAR
This OnDemand webinar will focus on the most common dialogue flaw in scripts, even among professional writers —“on-the-nose” dialogue. This is when dialogue tells the reader directly what’s going on in a scene or what a character is thinking or feeling.
When dialogue is obvious, it’s often dull and ultimately unsatisfying. Great dialogue, on the other hand, is “off-the-nose”—it illuminates what the characters are thinking without saying it. This is subtext. And it’s a challenge to create on the page. In fact, most aspiring writers, who otherwise have solid story elements, can’t break in because of flat, expository, and on-the-nose dialogue.
If you’re looking to improve subtext in your scenes, join award-winning UCLA instructor and author, Karl Iglesias as he guides you through proven techniques with matching examples from the masters of the craft to create subtext in your own dialogue.
YOU WILL LEARN:
- How to avoid on the nose dialogue
- The psychological reasons why subtext is required
- Three crucial reasons why subtext is important to the audience
- The three key requisites for believable subtext
- 12 effective techniques to create subtext on the page
- When on the nose dialogue is actually acceptable
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
- Writers who want to enhance the subtext of their screenplays
- Screenwriters looking to take their dialogue to the next level
- Fiction writers who want to knock their dialogue out of the park!
- People who want to be able to recognize “on-the-nose” and “off-the-nose” dialogue
Karl Iglesias is a screenwriter and sought-after script doctor and consultant, specializing in the reader's emotional response to the written page. He is the best-selling author of Writing For Emotional Impact and The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters.
The Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.