Continuing Education

Dan Tarker

Dan Tarker

Dan's writing experience includes five years as the literary associate/writer-in-residence for The Western Stage, a small regional theatre on California’s Central Coast. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Playwriting from San Francisco State University. In his off  time, Dan spends time with my family, writes plays, and leads a local playwriting group.

"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.

Courses Taught

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.

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