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Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Talk the Talk is a must for screenwriters. It is filled with insightful tips, ingenious tricks and potent techniques. Penny Penniston puts it all together in easy-to-understand lessons and smart exercises.---Joan Scott, Founder of Writers & Artists Agency
This is the book dramatic writers have been looking for! Talk the Talk is an essential guide to the art of writing great dialogue. Teachers and students alike will find its sound advice and step-by-step approach invaluable and inspiring. --Rebecca Gillman. Playwright & Screenwriter. Author of Spinning Into Butter.
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Penniston is a playwright and screenwriter. She taught playwriting in the theater department at Northwestern University and has written several articles on screenwriting for MovieMaker Magazine.
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Complete waste of money. I was very disappointed for the money I spent. But books by Trottier, Mckee, much better and has more to say about dialogue by far!
Unlike other dialogue books I've seen, Talk the Talk incorporates exercises that are exceptionally clear and help develop fundamental dialogue-writing skills like capturing voice and focusing the scene. My favorite is found in Lesson Fifteen: Focusing the Scene. The solo exercise asks you to go to a public place and find two people engaged in a conversation. The instructions ask you to imagine what they're describing and write the dialogue between them. With brief but fun sets that allow for growth in creativity and originality, Talk the Talk is a must-have book.
Others have enjoyed the almost step-by-step guide with which Penniston narrarates. How can you create a drama-filled dialogue as opposed to one that seems dull and nothing out of the ordinary?
As Penniston states in the introduction, "Great moments of dialogue are the great moments of film and theater." With this workshop, you'll learn to create your own insightful, clever dialogues that will give your writing a competitive edge. What are you waiting for?
Amanda Lynn Porter
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- Chinese Proverb
It is easy for professors, experts in the field, and writers more experienced than ourselves to simply tell us how they got where they are -- how they wrote engaging and effective scripts and what they would recommend that we do to achieve the same outcome. It is easy to give us fish. With this book, Penniston accomplishes a far more difficult task. She doesn't just tell us about the steps she took on the way to becoming a successful script writer. She provides us with many varied and useful exercises that truly teach us how to fish. And she does so without any condescension or preaching and with a great deal of humor. Her book is truly different from anything out there, and it is a must-have for fledgling writers, regardless of their genres. Congratulations, Ms. Penniston, on a job well done.
In 'Talk the Talk' Penniston gives the you a wealth of tools that will help you write crisp, engaging dialog. As she says in Chapter 1, "Dialog isn't meant to be read; it's meant to be heard."
Penniston's exercises build the mental muscles and reflexes that you need to write good dialog. Dialog that flows off the actors tongue and stays in the audience's mind.
Learning to write good dialog is tricky and difficult. This book makes it a lot less difficult, and a lot less tricky.