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The Playwrights' Center offers six- to eight-week playwriting classes in the fall and spring led by accomplished playwrights in residence at the Center, as well as monthly one-night playwrighting seminars.

Multi-week Classes
Classes typically range in price from $250 to $350. Playwrights' Center members receive a $25 discount.
Past classes have included Introduction to Playwriting with Joe Waechter, Creating Actor Playgrounds with John Olive, Rewriting Your Play with Victoria Stewart, and The Anthropology of Character with Christina Ham, among others.

One-night Seminars
Seminars are typically free for current members and $20 for non-members.

More Information
Contact us at or 612.332.7481 to learn more.


A Writer's Workout

$325 ($50 discount for members)
At The Playwrights' Center 2301 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406
March 4, 2014 through April 22, 2014

Tuesdays: March 4, 11, 18 and April 8, 15, 22

Instructor: Jake Jeppson

Join a small group of playwrights as we work out our writers’ muscles. This online class will include a variety of exercises intended to get you away from thinking and into writing. We will spend the first three sessions focusing on short prompts and responding to published plays. You’ll then spend two weeks cranking out a one-act of your own that we will workshop together in the weeks that follow. This class is open to all. Curiosity, thoughtfulness, and a willingness to take risks are essential!

Pay online by clicking the button above, or mail a check to:

The Playwrights’ Center
2301 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

If you are considering taking this class, but are not ready to sign up, or would like to discuss a payment plan, please email or call 612-332-7481


Theatrical Animals

Free for members; $20 for non-members
At The Playwrights' Center 2301 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406
April 15, 2014 through April 15, 2014

6 - 8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Sarah Saltwick

Are you limiting yourself to human characters? Do you have dreams of a zoo onstage? Bring a little wildness into your work. In this generative seminar, we'll build theatrical creatures through language, specific points of view, and physical details and then explore the stories they could inhabit.

To sign up, contact Hannah Joyce-Hoven at or 612-332-7481 ext. 123.


Really, Really Big Theatre

Free for members; $20 for non-members
At The Playwrights' Center 2301 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406
May 13, 2014 through May 13, 2014

May 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Instructor: Joe Waechter

Think outside of that 99-seat blackbox theatre; think bigger. How can we imagine and write a play for a stadium or an arena? How does thinking about these larger spaces change our writing? How does communicating and performing for an audience of 5,000 or more change the way we work? We will look at ways other artists have explored this idea of Really Big Theatre, invent a few ideas of our own, and explore them through writing exercises and workshop.

To sign up, contact Hannah Joyce-Hoven at or (612) 332-7481 ext. 123.


Technology and Playwriting: Learn the latest in authoring software

Free for members; $20 for non-members
At The Playwrights' Center 2301 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55406
May 20, 2014 through May 20, 2014

May 20, 6-7 p.m. CST

Instructor: Sam Graber

Online seminar. Sore with MS Word? Final Draft too expensive? Got pen cramps? There are many new and useful software tools available for playwrights to create and manage their playwriting. And some of them are free! Yes! In this short and informative online seminar, we will quill the various entrants (old and new) to the writer’s world, highlighting their features, and bemoaning their pitfalls, all to make you aware of the many ways to get your ideas from brain to permanency. Whether for text creation, mid-stage editing or final formatting this seminar will provide you with knowledge of the full collection of writing tools available. Plus, how to assure the tools work for you and not the other way around.

Online seminar. Space is limited. To enroll contact Hannah at or 612-332-7481 x123.

Other educational opportunities:

The Playwrights' Center frequently partners with organizations such as the Loft Literary Center, Primary Stages' Einhorn School of Performing Arts and others to obtain Playwrights' Center member discounts on online classes offered by these institutions.

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