Earlier in the year, I was invited to run a two hour Dialogue workshop at the wonderful Wolverhampton Lit Fest in the Art Gallery.
We explored the different uses of dialogue in screen, stage and audio drama, and discussed the main functions of dialogue: to reveal character, their motivation, and their relationships with other characters; to move the plot on; and to deliver exposition and backstory.
Participants used various exercises to help discover their character’s voice, and we looked at the nature of subtext and the factors that help create it. Using free writing, we reflected on how context, world, motivation, status, audience, tone, pace, juxtaposition, and jargon can influence dialogue, and devices like repetition, interruption, echoing, overlapping and silence were discussed.
Thanks to all attendees – I enjoyed your company, and hope you found mine useful!