June 19, 2019–August 14, 2019
Playwriting: Eight Weeks to a First Draft (at Hopkins Center for the Arts)
In eight weeks, we will go from developing an idea for a new play to a solid first draft of a one act or the beginning of a full length play. We will begin with writing exercises deigned to generate and clarify ideas, then move quickly into workshopping in class. This is a great opportunity for writers with some playwriting experience who want accountability as they begin on a larger project.
In the beginning of the class, we will make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding playwriting format. After that, we will begin a series of exercises designed to generate new ideas for a theater pieces. We will have exercises that begin with dialogue, with an image, and with physical movement in the classroom.
In the second class, we will begin to do exercises to map the structure of the play and learn about the characters. We'll explore particular voices and question how the form of the play can best serve the content.
Finally, students will begin working on their play. Through assignments, we will constructively workshop our pages as a group, being mindful of how to best support the author's intention and not our personal preferences. This work will take up the remainder of the six classes easily. In the event that we are not able to hear every student's work twice (before and after revision), the teaching artist will read and respond to student work via email.
Finally, we will end by discussing advice on producing your own work, submitting to playwriting opportunities, and the business of playwriting generally.