Playwriting

Bring your story to the stage.

Learn the art and craft of this time-honored form. Enrich your writing and hone your playwriting tools, with one of our many courses. Writers are afforded the opportunity to collaborate with actors, dramaturgs, and directors: leaders in the field of dramatic storytelling. Come to class, and bring your story to the stage.

Choose the class that suits you and click on the class’s name to go to the details page (some classes have Prerequisites).

Any questions may be sent toGlenn B. Rust at grust@chicagodramatists.org


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

7 Thursdays 6:30pm – 9:30pm Jan 16 – Mar 19
or
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!

Our Saturday Morning Sessions are currently SOLD OUT, but you can still register for Thursday Nights!


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 Plays that Matter
(Intensive)

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

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


Staging Science: Writing the Science Play
(Intensive)

Feb 15 & Feb 16 10:00am – 4:30pm
1 Weekend

In this playwriting intensive, writers will learn how to move beyond metaphor and use science to shape the action of their plays. Together, we will also explore why science plays are so popular today.


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.


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.