Online: Zoom

Intro to Playwriting

6 Wednesdays from 10:30am-1:30pm (EST), starting June 8th.
Online: Zoom
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Level: Introductory
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Are you interested in learning more about playwriting? Maybe you've already drafted a story for the stage, and now you're in need of a supportive community to keep the fire burning. Perhaps you're just curious to explore a new theatrical genre. In this class, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the art of playwriting. With craft-based writing exercises, group discussions, close readings of plays by contemporary playwrights such as Charly Evon Simpson, Kristoffer Díaz, Kimberly Bellflower, Qui Nguyen, and Julia Izumi, you are sure to develop a stronger hand at world building, character development, plot, dialogue, and the magic that is theatre.
You will have the chance to hear your work read out loud by your classmates, learn best revision practices, as well as give and receive feedback that is rooted in the Liz Lerman Critical Response practice. This class is designed for writers with a flare for drama at all levels. By the end of the course, you will come away with a collection of monologues, scenes with stage directions, and a final draft of a ten-minute play! In parting, you will receive a list of curated resources for dramatists to keep you moving forward, as well as a non-exhaustive list of submission and development opportunities for your work.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. 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!

Scholarship Information

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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