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Writing the Ten-Minute Play – A Weekend Intensive (Summer 2019)

  • 20 Jul 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 21 Jul 2019
  • 3:30 PM
  • Literacenter, 651 W. Lake St.
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Writing the Ten-Minute Play - A Weekend Intensive

Instructor: Douglas Post - Founding Member of the Victory Gardens Playwrights Ensemble 

This weekend intensive is specifically designed for writers seeking to hone their skills in writing ten-minute plays.  Contests and festivals for short works are becoming increasingly popular and are a good way for playwrights to get a foot in the door with a theatre group.  But ten-minute plays demand economy, skill and craftsmanship.  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.

Prerequisites: Essentials 1, Essentials Bootcamp or permission of the instructor.

NOTE: Writers should bring 11 copies of a short play-in-progress that is no more than 10 pages in length to the first session.

Sessions/Weekday One weekend
Start/End Date 7/20-7/21 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time Slot 10am - 4:30pm
Notes This is an all Tier special topic

About Special Topics Courses

Special Topics coursework is designed to focus on and often expand upon important topics presented in the Tiered tracks. Various formats are offered, from  the 2-day bootcamps where you will get a concentrated introduction or taste of other workshops, to intensives that take you through 3-4 days of targeted exercises, or the 6-7 week classes that deep-dive into important skill-building for progression of work.

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