Playwriting

The lights in the theater dim, and a play begins. Nothing beats the intensity of actors sharing the same air as the audience. The laughs and gasps and tears happen live, on the spot. And a play can be staged anywhere, from an empty space surrounded by folding chairs to a plush Broadway house.
 
A play will not soar in performance unless it’s great on the page. Here you will learn to write scripts that are theatrical, as well as dramatic-writing craft and how to market your work.
 
Whether you seek to write one-acts or full-lengths or musicals, we’ll show you how to write plays that draw the big applause.

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This course was a great adventure!
Asta Hairston
educational administrator

Playwriting | Level I

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of playwriting craft and gets you writing a short play (or two) or a full-length play. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Playwriting I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 7
Tue, 7–10 pm
520 8th Ave.

Playwriting | Level I

One-day Intensive

NYC info, tuition: $125
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve learned. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.

Playwriting Intensive topics include: plot, character, dialogue, scene, selling/producing your work.

Not available at this time.

Playwriting | Level II

10-week Workshop

NYC info, tuition: $425 (returning students: $395)
Online info, tuition: $399 (returning students: $369)
Registration fee $25, paid once per term

This course helps you sharpen your skills at playwriting craft and work toward completion of one or two short plays or a full-length play. Writers often repeat Playwriting II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Playwriting I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

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3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jul 8
Wed, 7–10 pm
555 8th Ave.