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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 1: The Core 
with Resident Playwright Alumna 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 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 Resident Playwright Will Dunne

SOLD OUT!

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 Resident Playwright Will Dunne

SOLD OUT!

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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