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Essentials 1: The Core

  • 31 Mar 2018
  • 19 May 2018
  • 6 sessions
  • 31 Mar 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 14 Apr 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 28 Apr 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 05 May 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 12 May 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • 19 May 2018, 10:00 AM 1:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Library
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Essentials 1: The Core
Resident Playwright Marsha Estell

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. On the last day of class, actors read students’ work. This class is for beginners and playwrights of all levels who are seeking a foundation for their craft. 

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 6 Saturdays
Start/End Date   March 31 - May 19 (6 sessions) 
Time Slot 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Notes Does not meet 4/7 or 4/21

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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