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Essentials Bootcamp Weekend Summer 2018

  • 14 Jul 2018
  • 15 Jul 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 14 Jul 2018, 1:30 PM 7:00 PM
  • 15 Jul 2018, 1:30 PM 7:00 PM
  • Chicago Dramatists, Window Room
  • 5


  • This is a special Early Bird $25 OFF Discount period. Runs from May 1st - 15th only!
  • This registration is for students new to Chicago Dramatists.

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Essentials Bootcamp Weekend
The Tutterow Fellowship Program Director Marsha Estell

General Price $199

Essentials Core Weekend Bootcamp is an alternative to Essentials 1 for those who want to learn the core principles in a condensed format. Perfect for out-of-towners or writers who want to advance quickly to Essentials 2.

In this course, participants learn the core principles of dramatic writing, such as the major dramatic question, conflict, and rising action. Using these tools as a guide, they will write and respond to each others' work.

By mastering dramatic structure, participants will learn to tell stories that are specifically geared for the theatre—stories that keep audience members on the edge of their seats.

This class is designed for beginners and for playwrights of all levels of experience who are seeking a foundation for their craft.

Before class, participants should read Fences, by August Wilson.

Sessions/Weekday Saturday & Sunday
Start/End Date July 14th & 15th
Time Slot July 14th: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
July 15th: 1:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Notes Before class, participants should read Fences, by August Wilson.

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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