07/11 – 08/08 Foundations of Playwriting

Instructor: Andrew Black
*New* Dates: 5 Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM EST
Location: Zoom
Cost: Nonmembers: $250; Writer/Reader: $160; Senior, Student, Librarian, Teacher, Military/Vet: $140

Playwriting allows writers to tell stories using a unique medium–live performance. But how to leverage the opportunity so that writers harness the full power of the audience’s imagination?

This class reviews the fundamentals of narrative structure, with a focus on the creation of a ten-minute play. The principles will be applied to full-length works as well. Just click your magic ruby heels together and say: “there’s no place like a theater”.

The workshop unfolds in five consecutive sessions over five weeks. The first session is an overview of the key elements of narrative structure. In the second session, students present an outline for a ten-minute play utilizing the key elements. In the third/fourth sessions, plays are read.

Professional actors come to bring the plays to life. In fourth/fifth session, rewrites are heard. At the end of the seminar, student playwrights will have a full ten-minute play.

6 seats available


About the instructor:

Andrew Black, PhD, is a playwright and a teacher of playwrights. He currently lives in Columbia, Missouri, where he received his PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies. His area of research is best practices for teaching playwriting (and many of his research discoveries find their way into his classes for the IWC).

Andrew has an MFA from Ohio University’s School of Theatre. His first full-length play Porn Yesterday (co-written with Patricia Milton in 2001) has been produced across the country. Since that first play reached the stage, it has been a non-stop, full-on adventure!  Many productions of short plays and full-length plays have followed.

Andrew has been on the faculty of the Indiana Writers Center since 2012. He is the founder of the Indiana Playwrights Circle which is a special sub-group of the Indiana Writers Center for playwrights. He is currently working on a one-person show called What Same-Sex Marriage Means to Me which tracks his adventures as a man who loves other men through the changing legal, cultural and political trends of the last 60 years. Check out www.andrewblackplaywright.com.

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