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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core

  • 02 Oct 2017
  • 06 Nov 2017
  • 6 sessions
  • 02 Oct 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 09 Oct 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 16 Oct 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 23 Oct 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 30 Oct 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • 06 Nov 2017, 6:30 PM 9:30 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Library
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Essentials 2: Strengthen the Core                                                                     

Instructor: Resident Playwright Dana Lynn Formby

Prerequisite: Essentials 1: The Core, Essentials Bootcamp, or permission of instructor.

The second in our three-class Essentials series, Essentials 2 is about the process rather than the product. You will write a short play every week in order to unleash your creativity and incorporate the core principles taught in Essentials 1 into your writing muscle memory. You will also refine your ability to give and receive notes with your fellow playwrights in a way that helps all of you reach the next level in your development as writers.

This class will culminate in a public staged reading of students’ short plays, with professional actors and directors, in Chicago Dramatists’ theatre. 

For the first day of class, bring in a new 4-page scene with a full arc. This scene must have at least one onstage manifestation of choice that is negotiated over throughout the scene. Make sure you think about the core principles when writing this scene.

Sessions/Weekday 6 Mondays
Start/End Date Oct 2 - Oct 30th, Nov 6 
Time Slots 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Notes: Final presentation is Monday, November 6th at 7:00 pm. Students should set aside November 4th and 5th for rehearsal. 

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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