ONLINE | Writing Short Plays

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This workshop has been moved to our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here.

In this introductory workshop we will explore basic elements of playwriting craft by writing and revising a ten- or fifteen-minute play and by reading selected short plays. We will begin with exercises designed to inspire the discovery of action that leads to a story. During the course of the weekly meetings, scenes generated by the workshop members will be read and critiqued with an eye towards heightening the dramatic and/or comedic potentials in our stories through revision. Finally, we will discuss opportunities and strategies for marketing our short plays once it is finished.

About Richard Washer

Richard Washer is a playwright and director, and serves as Associate Artistic Director and First Draft Resident Playwright at The Rose Theatre Company. He holds a B.A. (University of Virginia) and an M.F.A. (American University). His work has been produced at venues including Charter Theatre, Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre, Source Theatre, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, New Works Theatre among many others. In March of 2020 First Draft at Rose Theatre Co. will present a staged reading of Dubliners in Exile, a work inspired by the life and works of James Joyce. More about him at: www.richardwasher.com.

Teaching style: Richard's goal every workshop is to create a community for writers where everyone involved can explore, develop and stretch their writing skills. This involves not only providing an opportunity to practice writing but to learn how to give and receive feedback in a way that is meaningful to the writer. His hope is that writers find the workshop environment a safe place to learn and explore the craft of writing and that they acquire tools and skills they can apply to the development of their work after the workshop ends.

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