Registration Open for Winter 2020!

Fight off the cold and cozy up with Chicago Dramatists’ Winter 2020 classes! Want to write the next big musical? Sitcom? Science Play? We have a class tailor made for every writer and every style!  Have your writing workshopped and seen this Winter; take the leap and join us here at Chicago Dramatists. 

Click one of these buttons to look at what classes we have in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Musical Writing, and Performance or you can look through every Winter Course in chronological order below and learn more or register by clicking on the title of the class!

Please Note: Network Playwrights receive $25 off all class registrations, but you must be logged into your account for the discount to be applied. This also includes discounts for Resident Playwrights and Tutterow Fellows. You will be prompted to login when attempting to register. If you do not know how to get into your account, enter the email associated with your account under “Forgot Your Password” and an account reset will be sent.

“Scene Shop” Play Development (Thurs. Nights)
“Scene Shop” Play Development (Sat. Mornings)

7 Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm Jan 16 – Mar 19
7 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm Jan 18 – Mar 21


Self-contained weekly sessions offer character, scene, and story tools to help you write and revise your script, professional actors to read the work you bring from home, and constructive group feedback in a supportive setting. Click on either of the links above to registered for your preferred day of the week!

Both sessions of this class have sold out, but you can still sign up for the waitlist!

Culture Bending

6 Mondays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Jan 20 – Feb 24

Culture Bending is built on the belief that the stories we tell don’t just reflect our culture, they shape it. Starting with interactive, intersectional, exercises, we examine our culture and our place in it.

So You Want To Be A Writer

7 Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Jan 21 – Mar 03


What does it take to have a sustainable writing practice? In this generative seminar, we open your writing potential not only to theater plays, but also to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid practices.

Developing a Play-in-Progress

7 Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Jan 22 – Mar 04


This is a workshop for writers who want to develop a script on which they have already begun work. This may include anything from a full-length play to a one-act play to a series of short plays with the goal being to ready their plays for production.

Writing Comedy for the Small Screen

8 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Jan 25 – Mar 21

Television comedy is not just sitcoms anymore, in this third Golden Age of Television. This class is for anyone who has an idea that could make a great comedy series or limited series and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.

The Sound & Fury
Solo Show & Storytelling Development

8 Tuesdays 6:30pm – 9:45pm
Jan 28 – Mar 17

This fast, furious, hands-on workshop is for playwrights, actors, and storytellers of all levels who want to work on the development of a one-person show or long-form narrative/story.

Crafting the Musical Theatre Song

6 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Feb 01 – Mar 07

This six-week workshop is designed to strengthen storytelling and songwriting fundamentals while encouraging writers to develop their original work. Writers share songs from a musical they’re currently writing or create new songs based on the song forms studied each week. 

Writing Plays That Matter (Intensive)

Feb 08 & Feb 09 10:00am – 4:30pm
1 Weekend

This workshop asks participants to consider their solutions to the most urgent social concerns of our time and create dramatic interventions that provoke and inspire.

Ten Minute Play

7 Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Mar 04 – Apr 15

In this seminar, we will learn the rules of the game from some of the most brilliant ten-minutes plays ever written. And then, we’ll get to play in order to follow and/or break those rules.

Secret Life of the American Musical

6 Saturdays 10:00am – 1:00pm
Mar 14 – Apr 18

Led by award-winning musical theatre writer Cheryl Coons, “Musical Theatre: the Secret Life of the American Musical” guides students through the rich inner workings of the American Musical.

Screenwriting for Playwrights

Mar 28 10:00am – 5:00pm
Mar 29 2:00pm – 5:00pm

This weekend workshop offers a boot camp in the nuts and bolts essentials of writing for the visual medium of film.  We will deep dive into how to think and write visually, with less emphasis on pushing the story forward through dialog and more through action.

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.
  • Failure to pay fee or arrange payment schedule within 48 hours of registration will result in cancellation of registration.
  • Classes that fail to meet the 50% minimum registrant requirement within 48 hours of class start time will be cancelled. In this case, registrants will receive a 100% refund.
  • Separate discounts cannot be combined.