Playwriting Workshops

Ten Minute Playwriting Workshop
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 |  7:00pm – 9:00pm

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The ten minute play has become an increasingly popular and widely produced theatrical form. It is an excellent way for beginning playwrights to learn the craft and for writers in any form to sharpen their skills in dialogue and dramatic structure. The compression of the short play challenges the writer to create vivid characters in tight, engaging stories.

In this workshop, after studying several examples of the form, you will learn to outline and structure your own ten minute play. After writing the play at home, you will have it read aloud in class and benefit from constructive group critique. One or more plays developed in the workshop will be presented as part of a ten minute play festival in November. Class is limited to 12 participants. All levels of experience are welcome. The workshop will be co-facilitated by Lynne Kaufman & Dyke Garrison.

NOTE: Space is limited, so registration is required. Please register only if you can attend all four sessions.

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Playwriting Workshop/Writing Group
Tuesdays, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17 |  7:00pm – 9:00pm COMPLETE

The Library’s Dialogue Writing Workshop was such a hit that it is being expanded into a writers group. The group will continue to explore the make-up of good dialogue, and topics such as character and plot. The sessions will also provide attendees with the opportunity to share their work and get feedback.

NOTE: Space is limited, so registration is required. Please register only if you can attend all four sessions: May 6th, May 20th, June 3rd, and June 17th.

Mercilee Jenkins is an award winning playwright, fiction writer and performance artist.  Her one act play, Winning, was selected in the Redwood Writers Play Contest and will be produced at their Annual Play Festival May 15-18, 22-25 at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.  Her short story, “The Day Mel Tormé Died” will be published in a forthcoming anthology on sisterhood.  Her play, Spirit of Detroit, was produced in Detroit at The Wright Museum of African American History for Black History Month in February.  She is a Professor Emerita of Communication and Performance Studies at San Francisco State.

2 thoughts on “Playwriting Workshops

  1. I’d like to join for the next session. I’ve had plays produced at Laguna Playhouse, Theatre West and other southern Ca. venues. I was on the Board of Padua, won awards at Charlotte Rep and Laguna Playhouse, taught writing for years, and in mid-June I’m moving to Sausalito, hoping to connect with theatre people. MJ Roberts

    • Hi Mary Jane–thanks for your interest! It sounds like you have great theatrical experience. We haven’t scheduled the next session, but it will probably be in the fall. You can sign up for our e-news and/or check back to the Writers Salon page periodically to find out when the next session is scheduled.

      If you are interested in meeting other writers right away, you should stop by our Writers Drop in on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-5 at the Library. It is an unmoderated writing session designed to help writers get in touch with one another and lend their support to each other.

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