Advanced Playwriting Workshop - Remote!
Please note: This advanced class is available by application-only. Applications received after June 27th will not be reviewed.
Are you ready to hear your words out loud? Want to bring your script to life with the help of professional actors in the Boston theatre community? In this collaborative workshop, you will have the opportunity to refine your full-length play as well as hone your craft skills. Each week, workshop will consist of a cold reading of one writer's play followed up by an extensive feedback session using the Liz Lerman method. After your play reading, you will be encouraged to make revisions or a plan of action for future rewrites. You should expect to leave this course with a polished script that is ready for submissions to development opportunities, festivals, fellowships, and/or grad school. A curated list of opportunities, and their deadlines, will be provided.
We will also cover best submission practices by breaking down supplement materials such as cover letters, statements of purpose, artist resumes, and development goals. Craft lessons will focus on elements such as character, dialogue, conflict, structure, pace and rhythm. With an eye of deconstruction, we will study the works of Martyna Majok, Hansol Jung, Katori Hall, Kristof Diaz, A Rey Pamatmat, and Tarell Alvin McCraney. This workshop is best suited for advanced playwrights who have at least one act, or thirty to forty-five pages of their play complete.
The application deadline is Sunday, June 27th.
The payment deadline for admitted students is Monday, July 5th.
To apply, please click the red "SEE DIRECTIONS TO APPLY" button in the top right corner of this page. This application will ask you to detail your workshop experience; copy your answer to question 1 from the application and paste it into this field. This page will also ask you to upload a writing sample. Your writing sample and application (from step 1) should all be contained in a single document. Use the "choose file" button to locate your combined application and writing sample. Once you have located and uploaded your combined application & writing sample, click the "Apply" button. You will receive a confirmation email once our system has received your submission.
This class will be hosted using live Zoom meetings! You will be able to participate in class via Zoom videoconference from wherever you’re most comfortable. All you’ll need is a laptop or a phone! About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting via Zoom–no need to download anything or sign up for Zoom in advance! If you have questions about remote learning, please feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information.
For a glimpse at how remote learning works, look no further than the deep Zoom discussion of writing and literature below:
Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.
For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.
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- Study Published Writing
- Get Feedback
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