Say What? Crafting Compelling Dialogue

Joseph Fronk
Literary Manager & Producer
Island Park Entertainment

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Dialogue is a powerful tool that when utilized effectively can make (or break!) a script. How do you reveal information without spoon feeding it to the audience? How do you make things that are carefully plotted sound organic? Joe Fronk (Manager/Producer, Island Park Entertainment), is here to host a 2-week Clinic all about dialogue!

Each session will begin with a lecture from Joe where he will use real examples from film & TV scripts and analyze what makes some of the greats truly iconic. He’ll also give tips on how to make your own dialogue memorable. For this Clinic, you will submit ten dialogue-heavy pages of your script for prior review. Joe will then give you personalized feedback on your pages during the session!

In This 2-Week Clinic You Will:

  • Learn how to effectively use dialogue to reveal character
  • Identify ways to avoid too much exposition in the dialogue
  • Properly utilize subtext to disguise your characters' intentions
  • Get tips on creating unique voices for each of your characters
  • Receive personalized feedback on your pages
  • Live Discussion!
About Your Host

After earning a B.A in Political Science from the University of Washington in his hometown Seattle, Joe Fronk began his career in the mailroom at UTA, working as an assistant over the next two years in departments including MP Talent, MP Literary, and Business Affairs. In July 2012 he left UTA for Chris Morgan Productions at Universal as the assistant to writer/producer Chris Morgan, CMP's VP of Production, and Director of Development. In his time there CMP sold four pilots in its first season of TV development, with CMP/Imagine's GANG RELATED ordered to series for 20th Century Fox. Joe worked on set in production for the entire first season before continuing on to work in production on notable films (Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK, WB/New Line's ANNABELLE, Working Title/WB's WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS) and scripted television, including MASTERS OF SEX (SPTV/Showtime), SONS OF ANARCHY (Fox 21/FX), STALKER (WBTV/CBS), and KEVIN FROM WORK (ABC Family).

In September of 2015, Fronk joined the premium cable/streaming network EPIX as the Coordinator of Original Programming, reporting to then-Head of Original Programming Jocelyn Diaz. Fronk played a key role in the network's entry into the scripted originals landscape, working in Original Series (BERLIN STATION, GET SHORTY, GRAVES) as well as Documentaries (SERENA, THE 4%: FILM’S GENDER PROBLEM), Docu-Series (AMERICA DIVIDED), and Live Events & Specials in Music & Comedy (TOM PAPA: HUMAN MULE, NICK OFFERMAN & MEGAN MULLALLY’S SUMMER OF 69: NO APOSTROPHE, WANDA SYKES: WHAT HAPPENED MS. SYKES?) The department's success contributed significantly to MGM's $1 Billion acquisition of the network in March 2017 from previous joint venture partners Paramount/Viacom and Lionsgate.

In November of 2017, Fronk launched Island Park Entertainment, a Management and Production Company representing Writers, Directors, and Talent in Film, Television, and New Media. IPE offers full service representation in addition to creative development services for its clients which include proud members of the D.G.A, W.G.A, P.G.A, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to your syllabus, instructions for submitting material (if any), and the link to join the Live Class. Sessions are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the session via email following the live session.

Payment Plans

Payment plans are available for most multi-week classes. For 4-week programs, your balance will be due the second week of class. For longer programs, the balance will be broken up into 3 or 4 payments with the final payment due prior to the final week of class. Please note that you are responsible for the full price of the class even if you decide not to complete the program for any reason.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel for a full refund up to 72 hrs. prior to the start of the class. Cancellations requested after this deadline will be ineligible for refunds.


If you have any questions at all about this class, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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