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Essentials 1: The Core On-Line Version

  • 12 Oct 2017
  • 09 Nov 2017
  • 5 sessions
  • 12 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 19 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 26 Oct 2017, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 02 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 09 Nov 2017, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Library
  • 1


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Instructor: Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby

The first step in our series of classes geared at teaching students the main tools of theatrical storytelling: Essentials 1, 2, and 3. Each course builds on the last, giving playwrights a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their writing technique.   

In the first of the series, Essentials 1: The Core, students learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, students write and respond to each other’s work. By mastering dramatic structure, students learn to tell stories that are specifically geared for the stage—stories that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. This class is for beginners and playwrights of all levels who are seeking a foundation for their craft. 

Where: On-line using Zoom or Google Hangouts. You will receive instructions on how to access the meeting site prior to class. You must have a solid internet connection along with a computer with working speakers so you can hear and a microphone so that the class and instructor can hear you.  A working camera is a bonus, but not 100% necessary. Pdfs will be shared via email or GoogleDocs prior to class, and some scenes will be read during class. You are expected to access class from a quiet place with limited interruptions and distractions. The instructor will contact you in the week before the class to do a "tech check" and make sure everyone can connect.

Note: Either Essentials 1 or Essentials Weekend Bootcamp must be taken as prerequisites for the other Essentials courses—Essentials 2: Strengthen and Essentials 3: The Journey. 

Sessions/Weekday 5 Thursdays
Start/End Date Oct 12th  - Nov 9th
Time Slot 7-9 pm
Notes Prerequisites: none

About the Essentials Track

The Essentials track is designed to provide playwrights with a solid foundation for their dramatic writing efforts. It consists of three courses:

  • Essentials 1 - The Core
  • Essentials 2 - Strengthening the Core
  • Essentials 3 - The Journey

Each course is designed to build on its predecessor, thereby providing participants with a holistic view of writing for the stage that will inspire them and elevate their dramatic writing technique.

Essentials 1 is a prerequisite for Essentials 2, which in turn is a prerequisite for Essentials 3.

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