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Upcoming Classes 

Are you new to writing?

  • Artists new to play writing should start with Essentials 1 and complete Essentials 3 before taking other play writing courses.
  • Artists new to screenwriting should start with Screenwriting 1.0 before taking other screenwriting courses.
  • Artists new to solo show & storytelling should start with Solo Show & Storytelling Fundamentals before taking other solo courses.
  • Artists new to Chicago Dramatists get $50 OFF their first class!
  • Ongoing classes will be listed on the Calendar
Scholarships for classes are available through the M.E.H. Lewis Memorial Fund.

Fundamentals:

All Fundamental classes are currently running. Check back soon for upcoming class announcements!

Advanced:

All Advanced classes are currently running. Check back soon for upcoming class announcements!

Weekend:

Essentials Bootcamp Weekend          
with The Tutterow Fellowship Program Director Marsha Estell

In this fundamentals course, you will learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, you will write and respond to each others' work. It's the six-week Essentials 1: The Core condensed!

1 Weekend, July 14th - July 15th

Musical Theatre Intensive Weekend  BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
with Dramatists Guild Chicago Regional Representative Cheryl Coons

Designed to support individual writers as well as collaborative teams, this intensive offers a chance to gain valuable new tools for developing musical theatre work, and present work for feedback in a supportive atmosphere.  Appropriate for playwrights, lyricists, and composers with projects at any stage of development.

1 Weekend, August 4th - August 5th

Working Backwards Bootcamp     NEW BOOTCAMP!
with Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke

Through discussion and exercises, you'll learn how to reverse engineer your story as a way to unearth the essential and dismiss unnecessary details, avoiding those wrong turns. You'll also explore why writing the ending first is a technique some successful writers swear by.

1 Weekend, August 4th - August 5th

Solo Show & Storytelling Foundations Workshop   
with Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski

This "weekend warrior" class is designed 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.

1 Weekend, August 11th - August 12th


Writers' Groups  BACK IN FALL!

A complement to coursework, Writers' Groups provide the structure, community, and accountability necessary to keep momentum in rewriting.  Writers' Groups are recommended for early career playwrights who have at least completed Essentials 3.

For more information on Writers' Groups, click here.

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 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.


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