Great Dialogue: Character, Voice, Rhythm

with Marissa Flaxbart

Genres: Fiction, Writing for Performance



8 Sessions

Start Date: January 16, 2024
End Date: March 5, 2024
Day of Week: Tuesday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $391.50
General Price: $435.00

Dialogue is a natural part of our everyday lives, and yet naturalistic dialogue in writing can feel elusive. In this workshop, creative listening and writing exercises will help students to hone their dialogue writing abilities. We'll observe spoken language in the wild, consider our own speech patterns, explore the power of punctuation, and learn how to let our characters speak for themselves. The focus will be on writing for the screen, but playwrights and fiction writers are encouraged to join!


  • This class includes:  
    • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
    • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
    • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Feedback in class: Both peer and instructor feedback given.
  • Work outside of class: 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • December 4: Scholarship Donation Day 
  • December 5: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • December 12: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • December 18: Last day of Early Bird pricing 
Marissa Flaxbart

Marissa Flaxbart

Marissa Flaxbart is a writer, filmmaker, and podcaster based in Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Screenwriting from Chapman University. Early in her professional life, she produced and directed a feature-length documentary, SHOW/CHOIR, while leading a team of technology lecturers at one of the first flagship Apple stores. Since relocating to Los Angeles, she has worked as a writer and developer for film and television. She is the host of the culture podcast Sweet Valley Diaries and a writer/producer for Twenty Thousand Hertz. Her first narrative feature will be released in 2021.

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