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Are you interested in writing plays? How does dramatic writing differ from other genres such as fiction and poetry? What are the basic characteristics of dialogue, character, and dramatic action? How do you incorporate stage directions? What are the industry standards for formatting and submitting plays?

This one-day introductory workshop is for performers and writers who want to pursue the craft of writing for the stage. Some experience as a writer or performer is helpful, but not required. 

The workshop will begin with an interactive demo: the instructor will lead the entire group through the process of crafting an original six-line play. Next, each participant will create their own six-liners, using the skills practiced in the group work. Each writer’s first draft will then be “tested” in a private reading by other participants. After further rewrites, each short play will be presented in a staged reading to the whole group. In the final hour of the workshop, the instructor will share basic industry standards of submitting plays for workshops, festivals, production, and publication. 

To register by check instead of via Eventbrite, mail your check to Flatiron Writers Room, LLC, 5 Covington Street, Asheville, NC  28806. You will be registered when we receive your payment, space permitting.

Class meets Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 10am-3pm with a lunch break.

Cost: $75 if you register by May 1, 2019, $85 after. 

This workshop is eligible for our need-based scholarship program, details here.

Bonnie Milne Gardner, PhD, is an award-winning playwright and life-long Dramatists Guild member. She recently became Emeritus Professor of Theatre at Ohio Wesleyan University where she taught Playwriting and American Drama.  Bonnie has worked as a director, dramaturg, and playwright with theatres around the country. Venues that have produced her plays include San Diego’s Human Rights Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, New School for Drama, and Lovecreek Productions in NYC.  Gardner’s scripts were finalists at E. Albee Playwrights Conference, Dispatch Short Play Contest, OSU Eileen Heckert Drama Competition, and McClaren Comedy Contest, but she is particularly proud of winning the limerick contest during the 2004 Southern Playwrights Festival. She was twice awarded an Ohio Arts Council Excellence in Playwriting grant. Her book, The Emergence of the Playwright-Director in American Theatre was published in 2001 by Edwin Mellon Press. Her short play “Tonka Mom” will be included in The Best 10 Minute Plays of 2019 from Smith and Kraus. 

Refund and Cancelation Policy

The Flatiron Writers Room reserves the right to cancel this workshop if not enough people sign up, in which case you will receive a full refund. You may request a refund up until 5 p.m. one week before the first class session starts via Eventbrite or email to flatironwritersroom[at] for a full refund. After that date, no refunds will be made. 

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