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Upcoming Classes:

 Click on the offerings below to learn more about them.
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Scholarships for our classes are available through the M.E.H. Lewis Memorial Fund. Chicago-area writers are eligible. 


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


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, July 20th - August 17th


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.

4 Tuesdays, August 8th - August 29th


"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.

August 12th & 13th Saturday & Sunday

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

"Scene Shop" Play Development | Thursday (Evenings) - 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 Thursdays, September 14th - September 28th
*early bird special until July 20th


"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  
* early-bird special until July 20th


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


The Rewrite - ON-LINE CLASS   NEW!

with Public Programs Director Mia McCullough

An on-line class designed to guide writers through the rewrite process of a completed script.

6 Sunday evenings, July 9- August 13

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

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


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


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


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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