Supercharge Your Dialogue

How to Make Your Characters Speak for Themselves

Dialogue is a vital part of your novel. Done well, it's a big part of what brings your characters to life. Done poorly, it can make them sound cardboard and cartoonish. 

Most writers fall between the two extremes. Their dialogue is just...adequate. Which means, while they're not writing badly, they're missing an opportunity to make their books truly stand out. Great dialogue makes great characters shine.

That's what this course is designed to help you do. In it, you'll learn:

  • how dialogue differs from real-world speech
  • how to handle dialect and accents
  • how to give your characters distinctive voices
  • how and when to use speech tags for maximum effect
  • how to weave in sensory details, internal monologue, backstory, and exposition
  • how to use subtext to deepen and enrich your story

Each of the five modules will include examples from bestselling novels (and a few from my own work) so you can see how these lessons are applied in the real world. 

Ready to take your dialogue to a higher level? 

What's included?

5 Videos
2 Quizzes
5 Texts
12 PDFs
1 Disqus
Jaden Terrell
Jaden Terrell

About the instructor

Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the author of the internationally published, Nashville-based Jared McKean private detective mysteries. She writes a series of author interviews for the International Thriller Writers' The Big Thrill online Magazine and is also a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. 

Terrell is a recipient of several awards for service to the crime writing community, including the 2017 Killer Nashville Builder Award and two awards for service to the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA): the 2009 Magnolia Award and the 2017 Silver Quill Award. 

A former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer, Terrell is a writing coach and consultant who also teaches workshops on the craft and business of writing fiction. Contact her at:

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