Introductory Playwriting Workshop
This course will introduce you to techniques and strategies for writing a dramatic work for the stage, spark the playwriting process through the reading of plays and theoretical texts, and culminate in a final work-in-progress reading. We will look at contemporary and classic plays, exploring playwriting fundamentals like character development, plot, language, structure, and dramatic tension. Each session will include writing exercises, group discussion, readings of new work, and peer feedback. Two guest playwrights will visit us over the course of the workshop. Additionally, as a student in this course, you are expected to attend two plays currently running (on your own) and report on them to the workshop. Exercises will be employed to increase spontaneity and break the resistance to writing. This intensive writing workshop will require a dedicated effort during these 10 weeks, so come ready to work hard at play.
You'll Walk Away with
- A writing practice for producing work
- An understanding of the difference between writing for the stage and other mediums, including a final reading to hear the work
- A well-crafted work for the stage (be it a scene, an act, or a completed full-length play)
- Beginning or aspiring playwrights
- The curious and creative