Writing

David Mamet’s Top 9 Tips For Writing Dialogue

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Sep 24, 2021 • 6 min read

Playwright, screenwriter, and author David Mamet is one of the most influential names in theatre and film today. No matter what medium Mamet is working in, his deftness with dialogue shines through. Below, Mamet shares his thoughts on what makes effective dialogue, advises first-time writers on how to find their characters’ voices, and gives creatives working across both stage and screen everything they need to avoid the common mistakes of bad dialogue.