at Manhattan Repertory Theatre,
303 West 42nd St. 6th floor
So you have a dream of writing a play but you just can't seem to get it together? You might have writer's block, or you might be overly judgemental of your writing so you keep stopping, or maybe you just can't find the right idea for your play? So you feel a bit stuck, for your play just isn't happening?
This 6 session Playwriting course (over 2 months) just might be your solution! By the end of this course you will have written a 30 - 45 minute 1 act play and you will have a foundation and a technique to easily write more!
AGES 18 and older
Class dates and time:
Saturdays - 11:30 am to 2 pm
(2 week break to write)
(1 week break to finish your play)
OVERVIEW OF THE CLASS:
Sesssion 1: HOW TO START (Saturday March 5)
How to start the playwriting process. What do you want to write about vs. what do you HAVE to write about? What makes a compelling story. How to set up the context of the play so the audience gets it and goes for the ride. Why words are not that important. Best practices to stay motivated. How to get out of your head and create from your heart and emotions.
Homework for this class will be to choose your story and start outlining/brainstorming your play.
Session 2: STORY (Saturday March 12)
Is your story compelling? How can you up the stakes? What works and what doesn't work? Why are some plays we see in the theatre compelling and others boring? WHAT KEEPS YOUR AUDIENCE INTERESTED? More ways to write from emotion.
Homework for this class will be to bring in the first draft of a minimum of the first 15 pages of your play.
Session 3: EXPLORING YOUR FIRST PAGES (Saturday March 19)
Are you telling the story so all can understand or is it in your head? Is the context clear? Literary writing vs. Realistic dialogue. Did you create compelling characters that your audience will love? Do you start your play at the beginning? What is compelling about your first pages? How can you again up the stakes and connect emotionally to your writing?
Homework for this class (since there is a 2 week break) is to finish writing your first draft of your play. Ken will be available via email with any questions or concerns during this writing process.
Session 4: EDITING AND REFINING THE FIRST DRAFT (Saturday April 9)
What works and what doesn't work and why? What are the characters TELLING that they could easily be EXPERIENCING on stage so that the audience gets it. Are there too many words, or not enough? Best practice for editing your work. More ways to write from your emotions. Why should you always cut things you love that don't serve the play. The KISS principle and more.
Homework for this class will be to edit and refine the first draft of your play creating your second draft.
Session 5: REFINING AND FINALIZING YOUR PLAY FOR PRODUCTION (Saturday April 16)
How to simplify even more. Listening to your work out loud, and even better seeing it in action. The Pros and Cons of play readings. Finding Gold in all critism. How to up the stakes even more! How to make final edits and create your Final draft for production. We will read out loud portions if not all of the short plays the class creates.
Homework for this class will be to refine and finish your play as a rehearsal draft for production. (Next class is in two weeks so you will have time to finish all.)
Session 6: NEXT STEPS (Saturday April 30)
What to do next with your play? How to workshop your play in New York City. Best practices so you don't lose money. Expanding your play to full-length? Is this story big enough? Best practices to woo a literary agent and more. What is next for you?