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Sunday, June 14 – Not Just Talk: How Screenwriters Approach Dialogue

On Sunday, June 14, our guest speaker will be Penny Penniston, author of Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters.

In this seminar, Penny will discuss the mechanics of dialogue writing: she will explain the forces which put dialogue in motion, move characters into conflict, shape lines, and create subtext. You will end the seminar with new insight into the inner workings of dialogue, with a rewrite guides to sharpen your scripts — and, possibly, with a free book donated by Penny for the door prize raffle drawing at the end of the meeting!

Penny PennistonPenny Penniston is a Chicago screenwriter and playwright. Her scripts include Love Is Brilliant, winner of the Sloan screenwriting prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the short film One In A Million, starring Carrie Coon. She has written articles on screenwriting for MovieMaker Magazine, taught playwriting at Northwestern University, and her book Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters is published by MWP books.

Her stage plays include Now Then Again (published by Broadway Play Publishing), Spin, 7 Years At The Mayfair Mall, Miss Julie (adapted from Strindberg), The Roaring Girl (adapted from Middleton/Dekker), and Keys Of The Kingdom. As a playwright, she has received multiple Joseph Jefferson Citations for “Best New Work” and has been produced across the country. For more information visit

Mrs. Murphy & Sons has a parking lot for guests two doors south of the restaurant at the SE corner of Lincoln & Byron. Add’l. street parking on Lincoln Ave. is free on Sundays; also, side streets in the area do not require permits for parking.

The doors open at 6:00pm for drinks, dining, and networking; the presentation commences at 7:00pm, followed by Q&A with audience members.

Admission is $5.00 in advance via Eventbrite — available online until two (2) hours before the meeting begins — or $10.00 at the door.

Admission is free of charge for CSN annual membership holders. Memberships can be purchased for $40.00/year at the event check-in table or via the Chicago Screenwriters Network website (scroll down to bottom of home page purchase membership).