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Upcoming Classes (Early Bird Special on most Classes until 8/19):

 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

September 5th - September 26th, 4 Tuesdays

Screenwriting 1.0 - Online Version NEW!
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 Wednesdays between September 13th and November 15th, There will be a tech check at class start time on September 6.

"Scene Shop" Play Development | Thursday (Evenings) - September Swing
Resident Playwright Will Dunne

A special three-week sampler series with writing exercises and professional actors to help experienced playwrights develop scripts.

3 Thursdays, September 14th - September 28th


"Scene Shop" Play Development | Saturday (Mornings)- September Swing
with Resident Playwright Will Dunne

A special three-week sampler series with writing exercises and professional actors to help experienced playwrights develop scripts.

3 Saturdays, September 16th - September 30th  

Writing for the Small Screen: from Network TV to Streaming
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.
8 Saturdays between September 16th - December 16th

The Rewrite 

with Resident Playwright Alum Carson Grace Becker

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Carson Becker will guide you through the rewrite of a finished play or screenplay. Writers will bring in rewritten sections of their plays on alternate weeks to be read and discussed in class.

8 Mondays, September 18 - November13th



Small Screen in Process
with Resident Playwright
Mary Ruth Clarke—Original Screenwriter of Meet the Parents

For students who have completed Writing for the Small Screen, this is an extension course to get feedback and finish scripts.

6 Sundays between September 10th and December 10th

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. 

7 Tuesdays, September 19th - October 31st


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, September 20th - November 1st


Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp
with Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby

An alternative to Essentials 1 for those who want to learn the core principles in a condensed format.
September 23rd and 24th



Essentials 1: The Core 
with Resident Playwright Marsha Estell

Students learn the core principles of dramatic writing. Using these tools as a guide, students writer and respond to each other's work.
6 Saturdays, September 30th - November 4th



Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core
with Resident Playwright  Alum Dana Lynn Formby

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.

6 Mondays, including 1 Monday evening presentation.  October 2nd - November 6th

"Weekend Warrior" Solo Show and Storytelling Foundations Workshop 
with Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski 

A class for actors, playwrights, solo artists, and storytellers of all levels – from those who are thinking about writing a one-person show or narrative story to those who are in the final stages of polishing one.

October 7th & 8th Saturday & Sunday

Essentials 1: The Core ON-LINE CLASS  NEW! 
with Resident Playwright Alum Dana Lynn Formby
Students learn the core principles of dramatic writing. Using these tools as a guide, students writer and respond to each other's work.
5 Thursdays, October 12th - November 9th. There will be a tech check a week before class starts.


"Scene Shop" Play Development - Thursdays 
with Will Dunne

An ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.

7 Thursdays, starting October 12th

"Scene Shop" Play Development - Saturdays 
with Will Dunne

An ongoing professional resource for experienced playwrights who are currently working on a play or about to begin one.

7 Saturdays, starting October 14th


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

For playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative. 

5 Tuesdays, October 17th - November 21st (no class on Halloween), Saturday Series performance December 9th


Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Policies 

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 fewer 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.

Early Bird Discount policy:  If you reserve a spot in a class under the early bird discount price but you do not pay for the class during that early bird time window, we will convert your fee to the "public" price. 


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