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How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship - Part IV

If you have not already, please read the Nicholl Fellowship introductory article.

The How to Win a Nicholl Fellowship is a series of articles:

How to Win a Nicholl - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - Part X

The Nicholl Fellowship advises on Screenplay Dialogue

The Nicholl Fellowship team posted this excellent advice on their Facebook page:

...Screenplay dialogue needs to written in language appropriate to the characters and most often must resemble the way human beings actually speak. Of course, certain genres - comedy and historical scripts are obvious examples - often require funny and/or heightened speech appropriate to the characters, tone, setting, time period, etc.

When description and/or dialogue is awkward, stilted, anachronistic or inappropriate to the characters, readers and judges notice almost immediately.

Reel Authors has multiple advice articles on this topic including:

How to Write Great Dialogue

Expositional Dialogue

On-the-nose Dialogue

Drama and Conflict

Your Script Must Emote Well

How to Create Great Characters

Show, Don't Tell

Excessive Use of Parentheticals

Foreign Language Dialogue

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Nicholl Fellowship - intro

How to Win a Nicholl - Part I

How to Win a Nicholl - Part II

How to Win a Nicholl - Part III

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IV

How to Win a Nicholl - Part V

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VI

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part VIII

How to Win a Nicholl - Part IX

How to Win a Nicholl - Part X