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Registration Open for the Summer 2019! 

Jump into Summer with Chicago Dramatists! With a wide array of classes, and week-long theater immersion programs, we have courses perfect for novice and seasoned playwrights.  Interested in writing a musical? An adaptation? A full length?  A film?  Want to sharpen your skills at Moth-style storytelling? We have a class tailor made for every writer and every style.  Have your writing workshopped and seen this summer; take the leap and join us here at Chicago Dramatists.  Chicago Dramatists:  bring your creativity to life! 

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

Feel free to email Glenn B. Rust at grust@chicagodramatists.org if you have any questions.

Summer-Fall Program

Writing the Ten Minute Musical

Learn advanced musical theatre storytelling techniques by creating original work in this compact, ten minute form. Writers and/or writing teams will create a 10 minute musical inspired by a story, object, idea, or experience at the Chicago History Museum!

6 Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm

Aug 3 - Sep 28

Summer Immersion Programs

Playwriting Essentials Bootcamp

Want to learn the core principles of the six-week Essentials 1 but in a weekend? A great option if you live out-of-town or just want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.   

1 Weekend, 10:00am-4:30pm 

 Aug 3 - Aug 4

-- Develop your TV series!

Writing for the Small Screen Intensive

This class is for anyone who has an idea (any genre) that could make a great series and who wants to learn the crucial basics of how to write it.  

5 days intensive, 9am- 1pm 

 Jul 23 - Jul 27

-- Specifically for 10-minute play writing!

Writing the Ten-minute Play - A Weekend Intensive

Over the course of two days, we will focus on those elements and others needed to tell our stories in a condensed form.  At the end of the session, writers will have acquired a better understanding of how to write a short play that is precise, producible, and has a solid sense of beginning, middle and end.

1 Weekend, 10am - 4:30pm

Jul 20 - Jul 21

-- Engage your students at a new level!

Storytelling for Teachers

In this summer immersion, you will get to experience dynamic, playful exercises that bring your own stories to life, and then learn how to use them to teach live storytelling to your students.

5 days intensive, 11am- 4pm 

 Jul 9 - Jul 13


-- Develop your story scene by scene!

“Scene Shop” Play Development

Choose a session:    Thursday Evenings;     Saturday Mornings

For experienced playwrights, Scene Shop offers weekly writing exercises to help you develop your script, actors to read your work from home, and constructive group feedback. You also become eligible to participate in the popular Scene Shop Showcase in our theatre.

7 Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm (Jun 27 - Aug 22) OR

7 Saturday mornings, 10:00am-1:00pm ( Jun 29 - Aug 24);  

-- How do professionals talk about a new play?

New Play Dramaturgy Intensive

During this two-day intensive, participants will examine three different approaches for talking about new plays at every stage of development, from a few pages brought into a writers group to a rehearsal-ready draft.

1 Weekend, 10am - 2pm

Jul 20 - Jul 21

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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