Playwriting

Kick-Start Your Students Toward Writing Their First Play

This fall we’re introducing a new online class called Playwriting Kick-Start. In a nutshell, it’s an online course that you can offer to your class that will kick-start them from a blank page through to writing the first scene of their play.

The course is being taught by our resident playwright Lindsay Price. She will give students individual feedback as they progress through the course.

Here’s some info about the course:


When faced with an in-class playwriting project, many students falter at the first step: the idea. They don’t know where to start. They feel they’re not creative. They’ve been TOLD they’re not creative. They’ve had an idea fall apart and assume they can’t write. They think their ideas suck.

Playwriting Kick-Start offers students a new definition of what an idea is, how to find, create and develop that idea, tools to determine if an idea is theatrical, and what to do to move an idea toward a finished draft.

An excellent kick-start to your playwriting unit! Create an environment of success for all students, regardless of their writing ability. Students receive one-on-one feedback.

What’s Involved?

Playwriting Kick-Start involves four on-line lessons over a two week period:

  1. What is an idea? Where do I look?
  2. The Idea Process.
  3. What makes an idea theatrical?
  4. The First Scene.

Each lesson comes with a handout, an optional quiz, and a written assignment.


We’re really excited to be able to offer this experience to you. If you think it might be a good fit for your class then get more information here.

About the author

Craig Mason