Dialogue: The Mastercless

Presented by Rob & Robyn Parnell

"Finally, the definitive guide to writing dialogue in fiction!

"How to express emotion, grab empathy and achieve forward motion in your novels, short stories and screenplays. From the authors of over 150 published books, films and  courses." 

Dear Fellow Writer,

As society progresses, the dialogue between your fictional characters becomes ever more important. Even just fifty years ago, you might have expected less than twenty percent of a novel was expressed through dialogue. 

Now, in this day and age, that figure is more likely to be around eighty percent.

TV and movies have taught us all - writers and readers - that it is possible to tell entire stories through dialogue. Indeed, that's what people like. They prefer dialogue heavy stories because it's more engaging, easier to follow and more compelling to experience.

But most newbie writers find writing convincing dialogue challenging. I know. I've seen thousands of writers' manuscripts where the dialogue is often stilted, long winded and just plain embarrassing. It's sometimes hard to put your finger on why some authors find dialogue difficult, especially for certain characters, but there are definite rules to dialogue writing that all authors need to know.

My wife and I have made a living from fiction writing for most of our adult lives. We know the importance of good dialogue writing intimately. The ability to write dialogue that is convincing and "real-sounding" has stood us both in good stead and helped our careers no end.

But what is good dialogue?

Funny thing is it's probably not what you think. For a start, it's not totally realistic. The way people talk in real life is clumsy, stilted, sometimes illogical and often incoherent. So making dialogue sound real is an art that is only partly learned from listening to real talking!

That's why this new course is so important. In it, you will learn:

  • How bestselling authors write convincing dialogue

  • The rules for making dialogue compelling

  • How to create drama through dialogue

  • Discover why people appreciate dialogue

  • The reason why dialogue effects the brain differently

  • How to format dialogue correctly

  • Pauses, punctuation and emphasis

  • The correct (i.e. professional) use of speech tags

  • How to use (or not use) adverbs like a pro

  • Dialogue and show, don't tell

  • Discover the TRUE purpose of dialogue

  • Exposition, info dumping and Talking Heads

  • How to use dialogue to create conflict and suspense

  • Creating subtext and subliminal influencing

  • How to correctly write internal dialogue

  • The rules of good fiction writing explained

  • And much more!

Using a host of examples from real life bestsellers and through guidance from exercises, you'll learn everything you need to know about writing professional dialogue for your next novel, story or screenplay. 

Get in the know. 

Become a pro!

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to The Course

    • Why Do People Read?

  • 2

    The Dialogue Course

    • Formatting Dialogue

    • More Formatting Issues

    • Speech Tags

    • Dialogue and Adverbs

    • Show Don't Tell and Dialogue

    • The Real Purpose of Dialogue

    • Exposition and Info Dumping

    • Conflict and Suspense

    • Dialogue and Subtext

    • Internal Dialogue

    • Final Tips

  • 3


    • Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules For Good Writing

    • Books by Robyn Opie Parnell

    • Connect with Robyn Opie Parnell

    • Recommended Reading