Introduction to Playwriting


This course was available in the past and may be presented again as part of the Open Enrollment curriculum.

Designed for beginning playwrights as well as writers of other media, this class emphasizes what makes a scene work, how to develop character through dialogue and action, and how to think in theatrical terms. Weekly writing assignments will focus on points of attack, conflict, resolution, text and subtext. We will also speak to issues regarding plot, structure, character, theme and language. And we will reference a text that contains 18 interviews with working playwrights from the States, U.K. and elsewhere. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a full understanding of how to write scenes that are dramatic, engaging and entertaining.

Course Outline

Course Syllabus


Deadline for Online Registration: Thursday, September 22 at 5 pm CT

Remote courses require you to login to Canvas to access the Zoom Classroom. You will receive an invitation to join Canvas about a week before your course begins. Please visit the Liberal Arts Student Resources page to find step by step instructions for Canvas and Zoom: Online Learning Resources