Intermediate Playwriting (Summer 2020)

08/02/2020 - 09/13/2020




  • $299.00  -  General
  • $249.00  -  New Student




Sessions: 7 Sundays
Session Dates: Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, Sep 06, 13
Session Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Central Time


Intermediate Playwriting (Summer 2020)

Aug 02 - Sep 13
1:00pm - 4:00pm Central Time

Instructor: Marsha Estell

Students will delve deeper into the components of dramatic structure, evaluate conflict, identify and discriminate theatricality, differentiate use of stage direction, and articulate how you use plasticity of the stage within format—applying it all by writing the first draft of a one-act play or the first act of a full-length play.
Students will 
- develop a personal point-of-view.
- create multi-dimensional, complex characters.
- demonstrate how text, action, and conflict move the play forward.
- demonstrate an understanding of the power of re-writing.
- Practice giving thoughtful, and constructive feedback on scripts.

Prerequisite - Playwriting Fundamentals, or permission of the Instructor.


Marsha Estell is a resident playwright alumna at Chicago Dramatists, 2010 3Arts/Ragdale Fellow, and recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting. Her plays include Heat, which had its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists and was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Outstanding New Work and many other award-winning work. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity.

Classes will be held via Zoom. Instructors will send out Zoom invites one day before class begins. We encourage students to set up a Zoom account for themselves before class if they have not already to ensure when class begins you are able to jump straight into the art!

Sessions/Weekday 7 Sundays
Session Dates

Aug 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
Sep 06, 13

Time 1:00pm - 4:00pm Central Time