ONLINE SEMINAR: Challenges of Dialogue

taught by Core Writer by Matthew Paul Olmos
Monday, December 12th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT
Online via Zoom
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members


Class Type: Writing Craft                         

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Monday, December 12th

Class Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT 

(5:00pm PT, 6:00pm MT, 8:00pm ET)

Where: Online via Zoom, check out this quick video on the process.

Structure: Lecture/Presentation, Discussion

Questions: Email Alayna, Membership Programs Manager at

Captioning: For all sessions, we enable Zoom's auto-generated captioning. However, live captioning can be requested (with 2-weeks' notice) via the Membership Programs Participation Form shared in the detailed confirmation email.

Recordings: If you cannot attend a portion of the seminar, we have a Teaching Assistant and/or PWC facilitator taking in-depth notes. These written notes will be shared with all participants at the end of each session. (We record all of our sessions for internal use only. We do not share recordings with participants.)

Participants must register to join this class, Sign Up at the bottom of the page.


Dialogue is one of the key ways to fully express character, relationships, and the world of the play. By focusing on key Tools of Dialogue, led by playwright Matthew Paul Olmos, you'll hone your skills of dialogue writing in order to engage your audiences in a more meaningful way.

This Is the Seminar for You if You:

  • Are a playwright (or aspiring playwright) looking to deepen your work and enhance your dialogue skills.

What to Expect:

  • Explore the tools of dialogue, specifically addressing characterization, exposition, over-writing, rhythm, and subtext.
  • Engage in discussion with fellow writers, making connections with your artistic peers.
  • Gain the tools to create engaging, fully-formed dialogue that will compel audiences to lean into your work, as opposed to passively listening.
  • A strong understanding of dialogue and be ready to apply it to your next play or draft.

Important Things to Note:

  • When you sign up, you will receive an auto-confirmation email. The next business day you will receive a detailed confirmation email with important information about the seminar including (1) Membership Programs Participation Form (2) The Zoom link (3) Pre-assignments from the instructor and (4) Information about the PWC Membership and Education Team. If you have not received this email by the next business day, please check your spam folder or reach out to Alayna and she will make sure you have the information you need for the seminar or class.
  • All participants must complete and submit a Membership Programs Participation Form for each seminar or class they want to attend. A link to this form is included in the detailed confirmation email.


Challenges of Dialogue is important to elevate the characters and dramatic engagement in your writing; yet dialogue is rarely taught specifically.


Matthew Paul Olmos is a Mexican-American playwright who focuses his work on the creation of space for marginalized and underrepresented communities. While always personal, his work is aimed at reaching across socio’political boundaries, showing the ridiculous of how separate our lives, and illuminating a potential hope for future generations.

He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival Commissioned Playwright, New Dramatists Resident Playwright, Drama League nominee, Center Theatre Group LA Playwright Workshop Writer, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room Playwright, Ingram New Works at Nashville Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab Playwright, inaugural Primary Stages Creative Development Grantee, Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting, Arizona Theatre Company’s National Latino Playwriting Awardee, two-time Ojai Playwrights Conference playwright, Repertorio Español Miranda Family Nuestra Voces Playwriting Awardee, inaugural Yale Drama Series Short List playwright, Cherry Lane Mentor Project playwright as chosen by Taylor Mac, and La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Awardee as selected by Sam Shepard.

He spent two years as a Mabou Mines/SUITE Resident Artist being mentored by Ruth Maleczech and is a former New York Theatre Workshop's Emerging Artist Fellow, Baryshnikov Arts Center Artist in Residence, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Humanitas Play LA Workshop Playwright, Primary Stages' Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist, INTAR H.P.R.L Playwright, Rising Circle Collective Playwright, terraNOVA Collective's Groundbreakers Playwright; he is also an Echo Theater Company Resident Playwright, a proud Kilroys nominator, Echo Theatre Resident Playwright, and an Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member.

His work has been presented both nationally and internationally, taught in university, and is published by Concord Theatricals/Samuel French and NoPassport Press. He is a proud three-time Kilroys nominator.

He is currently developing a play with music inspired by Samantha Power’s “The Education of An Idealist” for Geffen Playhouse’s Writers Room and Theatre For One’s Solo Collective; and a new play, for Primary Stages’ Creative Development Grant and Nashville Rep, inspired by Mendez v. Westminster, about the building of Mexican schools as part of segregation. He is currently adapting his most recent play a home what howls (or the house what was ravine) into an opera. He developed a feature with Andrew Lauren Productions and is developing a screenplay inspired by his play THAT DRIVE THRU MONTEREY.

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Questions? Email Membership Programs Manager, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, at

Black and white headshot of Matthew Paul Olmos, a Mexican-American man looking studious with rimmed glasses and a collar shirt with a plain background.