Continuing Education

Playwriting: From Page to Stage


Have you ever wanted to try your hand at playwriting? In this eight week course, you will learn the fundamentals of crafting a play from developing compelling characters, creating intriguing conflicts, and crafting strong dialogue as well as resources to market and submit your scripts. Conducted in a workshop format, students get to grow as artists, build community, and learn the ropes to writing plays in a friendly and supportive environment. 

Student comments about Dan's previous classes:

"The one-act playwriting class positively exceeded my expectations. In the course of the quarter I completed two plays, a shorter one of 10 minutes and a longer one-act of approximately 25 minutes. Both plays are currently in submission to competitions nation-wide. To have gotten that far in the space of 8 weeks is (for me) remarkable." – Stephen T.

“Dan is a dynamic teacher; he "knows his onions", condensing a torrent of insights into eight short meetings. He gets you writing, and when he hears your work read, he laughs out loud - in all of the appropriate places.” – Dan B.

“Dan Tarker's ‘Playwriting and the Art of the Short Play’ was a great way to explore the short form and work on the skills needed for longer works. Highly recommended.”- Scott S.

Scheduled Classes

Tu 6:30pm–8:30pm Oct 10Nov 28 (8 sessions) $149.00
On Campus: HS Bldg, Room 1637A (North Campus)
This class has been changed to Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30 on 10/10 to 11/28/17.
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