Dialogue Master Class

Well-crafted dialogue sells scripts, sells the writer. People say the eyes are the window into a person's soul, for a writer, dialog is your window into your character's soul. Great characters come to life when dialog stands out. So how do you write great dialogue? First you have to understand the role of dialogue. Characters need a reason to talk. Then there are many great techniques to create great dialogue – from naturalistic dialogue to heightened dialogue.



Don is a working screenwriter and WGA member with 20 years of industry experience. He teaches advanced screenwriting and core screenwriting classes at USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA.
Currently, he is writing the upcoming Sci-Fi feature Gods of Mars.


Recently, he wrote a mini-series based on a classic novel set to star and produced by Sir Ben Kingsley. He has written extensively in the feature world including credits on Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films. He's also had the privilege of working with some of the top producers in the industry, such as: John Lasseter, Peter Chernin, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, David Heyman, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.

His passionate screenwriting guidance has led numerous students'  

success. Over the last 3 years at least one of his students have finished in the top 3 in the UCLAex screenwriting competition, including last year's winner Johan Ingler, who's script Frankie & Chair is now in production.

His screenwriting classes have been rated the "Best in LA" by LA Weekly.

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