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Subtext in Dialogue

October 13 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover a variety of methods to communicate subtext with dialogue.  Through a series of on-the-spot writing exercises and actual samples of the good, the bad, and the downright ugly, this 3-hour workshop covers:

* Why Dialogue requires Subtext;

*  Its 3-part Structure;

*  The 5 Basic Plots that automatically deliver Subtext;

*  The Language Patterns (and figures-of-speech) that will cause your Reader to instantly experience deeper meaning; and

* The 15 Techniques (aka “pointers”) used by screenwriters to avoid on-the-nose dialogue, thereby emotionally engaging their audience by hinting at what’s left unspoken.  Hello, subtext!


NIKA RYLSKI is an award-winning playwright and story editor who in a former life, wrote almost exclusively for television (with over 30 produced credits to her name), but who now helps emerging screenwriters bring out the best in their scripts.  Her clients (and former George Brown College students) have seen their scripts win prizes, get produced, and score TV staff writing jobs.  Not to mention making the Hollywood blacklist (the 10 best-unproduced screenplays currently circulating in La-La Land), being nominated for the Genies, and the Academy Awards.



October 13
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Northern District Library, Gwen Liu Meeting Room
40 Orchard View Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario M4R 1B9 Canada
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