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The Writer's Studio

The Writer's Studio encompasses all of Chicago Dramatists' services that we offer to the public, from classes and writers' groups to script evaluations, table readings and a private weekly reading series. The Writer's Studio allows anyone to get involved with the organization, from beginners seeking out instruction and guidance, to skilled professionals looking for community and connections within the industry. Get involved! 


Classes 

Chicago Dramatists has long been the premiere center for dramatic writing in Chicago, offering top tier classes in playwriting, writing for the screen, musical theatre, and solo show development. Classes are offered year 'round. Check out our varied offerings and learn about our faculty.

Writers' Groups  *groups will not run in summer session

Need community? Need a like-minded group of writers with whom you can read scripts, and give and receive feedback? We offer several different groups aimed at writers at different points in their careers, some which include industry professionals joining the group to meet writers and engage in the feedback.


First Draft

First Draft is a series of weekly play readings in the style of a playwrights’ salon. The playwrights themselves read the scripts aloud and discuss each others’ work in a relaxed, supportive setting. A rolling year-long membership, writers can join at any time and enjoy a total of 42 sessions with post-reading discussions facilitated by Resident Playwrights, affiliated artists, and staff members. One reading is guaranteed per yearly membership. Each member will receive 4 one-time passes to share with friends. Please click here or call our offices at 312.633.0630 to register.

Script Review 

Chicago Dramatists has been offering script evaluation services for decades. In this new iteration -- once your payment and your script have been received -- a theatre professional will read and evaluate your script within the following three weeks, offering a 2-3 page written response to your story. We welcome plays, screenplays, and TV pilots. Click here for submission procedures and further details.


Table Readings

Hear your play read by professional actors and have a post-reading discussion facilitated by a professional director or dramaturg. Only 12 readings are offered in the first year of this program. Fee includes stipend for dramaturg or director, cast and casting, and room rental for up to 4 hours. Click here for more details.


Artist's Membership

Available to Artistic Associates and anyone engaged in programming at The Writer’s Studio, Artist Memberships include 12 transferable free passes to Saturday Series, invitations to the Playwright Preview Performances of the Grafting Projects, special discounts and notifications on designated classes, recognition in Chicago Dramatists' annual report and website donor listing, as well as participation in the Chicago Dramatists Annual Picnic. Please call our offices at 312.633.0630 to register.


Writer’s Studio Facebook Page  

Anyone enrolled in a service, class, or writers' group is invited to join the Writer's Studio at Chicago Dramatists Facebook page. The page is a place to share activities, receive information on industry deals, submission opportunities, early bird specials, and other theatre announcements. Click on this link and request to join if you are already involved.





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