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Upcoming Classes:

 Click on the offerings below to learn more about them.
If you're looking for a Writers' Group click here.
Scholarships for our classes are available through the M.E.H. Lewis Memorial Fund. Chicago-area writers are eligible. 


Solo and Storytelling Development Intensive 
with Resident Playwright MT Cozzola 
Prerequisite: Writing the Solo Play/Warrior Weekend or permission from instructor
June 7th - June 28th, 4 Wednesdays

Solo Show & Storytelling Workshop: From Page to Stage 
with Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski 

Prerequisite: Writing the Solo Play/Warrior Weekend or permission from instructor
May 30th - July 22nd, 5 Tuesdays and 1 Saturday

Radio Theatre/Podcast Workshop
with Trina Kakacek
This very hands-on workshop will get you set to create theatre for the ear.
4 Mondays, June 5 - July 10


What's So Funny? Weekend Comedy Intensive for Writers and Storytellers
with Resident Playwright Scott Woldman
An intensive workshop for those looking to develop and/or hone their comedy-writing skills for the stage, screen and/or live lit.
June 17 & 18, Saturday & Sunday 

"Scene Shop" Play Development | Thursday A (Afternoons)
with Resident Playwright Will Dunne
An ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.
7 Thursdays, June 15 - August 10

"Scene Shop" Play Development | Saturday (Mornings) 
with Resident Playwright Will Dunne
An ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.
7 Saturdays, June 17 - August 12


Screenwriting 1.0 
Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents
A thorough introduction to the art of screenwriting with emphasis on story structure and finding that hook that will grab a producer's attention.
6 Saturdays; June 17 & 24, July 8 & 22, August 5 & 19


Writing for the Small Screen: TV and Web Pilot 
with Resident Playwright
Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents
This class is for anyone who has an idea (any genre) that could make a great series, and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.
6 Wednesdays; June 21 & 28, July 12 & 26, Aug 9 & 23

Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp 
with Resident Playwright Marsha Estell
Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp is an alternative to Essentials 1 for those who want to learn the core principles in a condensed format. Perfect for out-of-towners or writers who want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.
June 24th & 25th


Developing a Play-in-Progress 
with Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble
This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they have already begun work.
7 Wednesdays, July 5 - August 16


Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core 
with Resident Playwright Marsha Estell
In Essentials 2 you will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. This class is more about process than product.
5 Saturdays + 1 Monday evening presentation.  July 8 - August 28

Writing the Political or Social Play 
with Douglas Post—Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwright Ensemble
This class is specifically designed for writers seeking to sharpen their skills in writing political and social theatre. 
4 Tuesdays, July 11 - August 1


Essentials 3: The Journey 
with Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
Use the core principles of dramatic structure to outline, write, and develop a new full-length play in 10 weeks. This class will kick off with a half-hour, one-on-one meeting with the instructor and then you will bring pages in to the workshop every week.
10 Sundays, July 16 - September 17


The Blueprint | Building Your Play 
with Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby
This class breaks structure down to the nuts and bolts of writing, introducing you to tools that will help you turn a blank page into a first draft, and successfully assess it for further revisions.
7 Mondays, July 17 - August 28


Dialogue Intensive: The Minute You Start Flapping Your Jaws 
with Resident Playwright Jon Steinhagen
This class is designed to offer the writer several new approaches to aggressive dialogue and explores why characters begin talking to each other, what they say, how they say, and where it all leads.


Acting for Writers 
with Resident Playwright Alum John Green
An introductory level acting course exploring the basic language and techniques of acting - character, given circumstances, motivation and intent - as they apply to writing a play.
6 Wednesdays, May 31- July 12


"Scene Shop" Play Development | Thursday B (Evenings) 
with Resident Playwright Will Dunne
An ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.
7 Thursdays, June 15 - August 10


Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Refund Policy 

If you cancel your registration more than three weeks in advance of the class start date, you will be entitled to either a full refund of your money or a full credit applied to your account for future CD classes. 

If you cancel your registration less than than three weeks but more than ten days before the class start date, you will be entitled to a full credit applied to your account (minus a $20 administrative fee). However, there will be no refunds. 

If you cancel your registration less than ten days but more than three days before the class start date, you will be entitled to 50% of your class fee (minus a $20 administrative fee) applied to your account as a credit. 

If you cancel your registration less than three days before the class start date, there is unfortunately neither a credit nor refund option available.


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