Pre-writing for Playwrights

Pre-writing for Playwrights

Instructor: Andrew Black
Date: 3 Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM Eastern
Location: Zoom
Cost: $112 nonmembers, $72 members, $63 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

If you have been thinking about writing a play, this three-session overview of playwriting basics will provide you with what you need to get started.   In the first interactive section, you will learn about storytelling as an innate human capacity, identify four reasons that people tell stories, and see where playwriting fits into to an array of genres.  You will learn about seven key elements of narrative that drive stories (on and off stage) and read a play out loud in class that will help you identify how the elements of narrative appear in a play.  You will learn about five places that playwright get ideas.

Your homework assignment (for session two) will be to come in with two different new ideas you might develop, were you to write a play.  You will talk about your ideas and by the end of the session, you should have determined which idea you like the best and have an idea about what your next step would be, were you to turn that idea into a play.  

For the third session, you will map out a simple outline for that play based on the elements from session one and talk through your idea in class as a way of getting to know your own idea better and preparing for the writing process.

The session is highly interactive and designed for learners who have experience in other genres (fiction, etc.), for people who just like theater, or for people who just think it might be fun to write a play.  Experienced playwrights who want to get started with a new idea would benefit as well.

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