Writing for Dialogues: Give Voice to Your Characters

A course by Jimena Eme Vázquez
Playwright and Storyteller. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined June 2020
, Playwright and Storyteller

Learn to write dialogues that express the intention, emotions, and personality of your characters

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4345 students

Learn to write dialogues that express the intention, emotions, and personality of your characters

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4345 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 5m)
  • 19 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

When putting pen to paper, you can tell the characters' stories or let the characters tell their stories with you. Writer and dramatist Jimena Eme Vázquez teaches you how to listen to your characters, understand how they relate to one another, and help each one find their voice and express their view of the world.

In this course, learn how to write dialogues and use them as the building blocks of storytelling. Play around with the rhythm, tone, and intention of each sentence to transmit emotions and create dialogues that draw the audience in.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. What's Behind the Dialogues
  • U3
    U3. Characters Begin to Speak
  • U4
    U4. Polishing the Dialogues
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To start you off, Jimena Eme Vázquez tells you how she became a playwright and a little about her most prominent works. She talks about her biggest influences and how each of them has helped her shape the way she approaches scenes and formulates dialogue.

Learn how to tackle the differences between telling a story using narration versus through dialogue. Jimena explains how to distribute key pieces of information throughout the characters' conversations, and which structures she uses to build their relationships and develop the plot.

Next, work on defining your protagonists' voices and create a reference bank of expressions and words that set each one apart. Develop different scenes focusing on premises like space and the pecking order of the characters to help you write a mix of conversations and monologues.

To wrap up the course, learn how to achieve more powerful and nuanced interactions by reformulating some sentences adapting the rhythm, tone, and intention. Rework your new dialogues to produce a concise and well-articulated final piece adapted for either a theater script or a story.

What is this course's project?

Write four dialogues and rework them for a theater script or story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone with a flare for storytelling and an interest in theater.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary, just the desire to put pen to paper.

The materials for this course include paper, a pencil, fountain pens and a range of colored inks or colored felt-tip pens, and a computer with Microsoft Word or similar.


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Jimena Eme Vázquez

A course by Jimena Eme Vázquez

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Playwright and Storyteller

Jimena Eme Vázquez has been writing stories since she was a child. As she wanted to be an actor, she studied Dramatic Literature and Theater at the UNAM (Mexico City). Through combining these two disciplines she quickly discovered her true calling, and in 2014 she debuted her first piece as a professional playwright.

Today, she writes novels, stories for young people, and above all, plays. Her name has appeared on posters for pieces like Piel de mariposa (Butterfly Skin), Un beso en la frente (A kiss on the forehead) and No todas viven en Salem (They don't all live in Salem). She won first prize for the Vicente Leñero Young Dramatist award as well as the Cuenta Conmigo contest.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • What Will We Do in This Course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    What's Behind the Dialogues

    • Story Design Based on the Character System
    • Character Systems
    • Dosing Information
    • Telling Without Intermediaries
  • U3

    Characters Begin to Speak

    • Collection of Lines and References
    • Monologue (Dialogue 4)
    • More Than Two Characters Speaking Simultaneously (Dialogue 3)
    • The Environment in a Dialogue (Dialogue 2)
    • Types of Hierarchies in a Dialog (Dialog 1)
    • Definition of the Story
  • U4

    Polishing the Dialogues

    • Additional Resource: Full Reading of Dialogue 3, Simultaneous Conversations
    • We Have the Dialogues ... What Now?
    • Listening to Your Characters
    • Dialogue Reformulation
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing for Dialogues: Give Voice to Your Characters

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Writing for Dialogues: Give Voice to Your Characters . Writing course by Jimena Eme Vázquez

Writing for Dialogues: Give Voice to Your Characters

A course by Jimena Eme Vázquez
Playwright and Storyteller. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined June 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4345 students