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Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters [Paperback]

Penny Penniston

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the dialog right 7 Sep 2010
By Tony Levelle - Published on
Good dialog is one of the hardest things in the world to write and to teach.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straightforward guide for writing 13 April 2010
By A. Manley - Published on
This book has a series of pragmatic exercises to help aid a writer with the tools they need to craft a good script: from developing characters, how they interact, how good dialogue is crafted . . . it's all there. The author uses very clear language, and has a very well-researched appendix full of proper examples to use as reference and study aids. She also writes the book with a good sense of humor! It is a quick read that both beginners and more experienced writers will find useful.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent teaching and learning sourcebook for writers of all kinds 22 Mar 2010
By J. Wade - Published on
Truly impressed with this book--it doesn't beat around the bush and spend too long in the theoretical, it gets right down to the nitty gritty with actual, practical tips you can put to use immediately in your own work. Useful for writers of plays, screenplays, and even writers of dialogue in fiction. Ms. Penniston's dialogue in her own work is rich and believable. This woman knows what she's talking about!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talk the Talk Review 18 Mar 2010
By Stephanie G. Heller - Published on
I love that this book focuses on dialogue, which I have never been good at writing. I find it kind of intimidating, to be honest. Penniston has broken the process down into a series of simple exercises. Note that I said "simple" not "easy". This book will make you work, or more accurately, help you work. Her explanations are clear, concise and engaging and make you think "I can totally do this!" This may be a normal reaction for some or even most people, but not for me. This is an excellent book for beginners, but varies the exercises for more advanced writers as well.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk the Talk Review 11 Mar 2010
By John Churchman - Published on
Talk the Talk is a sensational 218-page resource for educators looking to help their students with scriptwriting or to improve their own dialogue-writing skills. Including a broad range of exercises with varying difficulty, author Penny Penniston proves her expertise in scriptwriting with examples and in-depth analyses of topics like creating an original voice, crafting the scene, and converting the scene into a satisfactory script.

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
Associate Editor
School Video News
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