Theater Begins Here 

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.

Fall Local Class

Micro-Workouts for the Stage: Writing with Mobility and Muscularity

Taught by Steve Moulds

Cost: $275 for members and $325 for non-members
Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Dates: Wednesdays, September 17—October 29 from 6:00 - 8:30pm

Great plays have big ideas and riveting stories. But great plays also exist in the details, and what makes a play unforgettable often rests in how the writer employs language, character, and theatrical gesture on a moment-to-moment basis. This class will focus on the seemingly small skills that make playwriting bolder and more compelling. We will hone these skills with targeted writing assignments, working on individual exercises like a physical trainer toning your physique. By the end of this class, your writing will not only be more muscular, it will propel your audience through your stories with a sense of purpose and motion.

To register, contact membership manager Hannah Joyce-Hoven at or 612.332.7481 ext. 123

Fall Online Class

Playwriting Fundamentals

Taught by Philip Dawkins

Cost: $275 for members and $325 for non-members
Location: Online
Dates: Tuesdays, October 7—November 18 from 7:00 - 9:30pm CST

Great as both a beginner or refresher course to learn, develop, and implement the basic tools for writing quality original narrative stories for the stage. Through an exploration of The Poetics, dramatic literature from the canon, and peer/instructor dramaturgy, students will acquire the vocabulary and tools to craft and evaluate their own original plays.

To register, contact membership manager Hannah Joyce-Hoven at or 612.332.7481 ext. 123


Individual Voice: tapping into your writer’s voice

Taught by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: October 14, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

Suitable for beginner/early career writers. Come prepared to write and share.

Writing Below the Belt

Taught by Kate Tarker

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: November 4, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

A generative seminar on writing characters who want and need with their whole body. We'll remap the body using chakras, Carl Jung, the unconscious and soft brain, to liberate our stage people from the confines of thoughtful reason, and plunge them into larger than life obsession.

Creating a script template

Taught by Sam Graber

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: November 12, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

For anyone who’s wanted to learn best practices for preparing your script in proper theatrical format, this is the seminar for you! Whether for text creation, mid-stage editing or final formatting this seminar will provide you with knowledge of how to create styles and templates so that your script has that look. Fun and laughs included.

Intimate Plays in Epically Theatrical Ways

Taught by Deborah Yarchun

Location: Online and at the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: December 2, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

What does it mean to write a play that is both intimate and theatrical? In this seminar we’ll explore writing intimate plays, strategies to developing dimensional characters and creating a work strictly intended for the theater. We’ll look at multiple examples and end with writing exercises. This seminar is part lecture, part discussion, part writing workshop. Intended for writers at all stages.

Strategies for Experimenting with Language

Taught by Basil Kreimendahl

Location: Online and at the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: January 20, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

Check Your Seat Belt

Taught by Josh Wilder

Location: Online and at the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: February 17, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

This seminar is designed for beginning playwrights to identify and search for the immediate clues and expectations in the first ten pages of their new play.

Writing from History

Taught by Sharif Abu-Hamdeh

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: March 10, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

This seminar will show playwrights how to approach writing a play based on a historical story.

The Latest in Playwright Authoring Software

Taught by Sam Graber

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: April 1, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

Outside In: Starting with Structure

Taught by Steve Moulds

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: April 21, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

While story and character get all the attention, the way we structure our plays can have a sneakily profound impact on the audience’s experience. Rather than treating structure as a natural outgrowth of how story develops, this workshop will start with a shape and ask what kinds of stories can fit inside. Playwrights will be asked to bring an example of a structure they admire in another work—be it a novel, essay, rock album, poem, or anything you can describe the shape of. No examples from theatre or film, which feature structures that playwrights have already internalized.

The Playwright/Actor Collaboration

Taught by Harrison David Rivers

Location: the Playwrights' Center (Minneapolis)
Date: May 12, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:30pm

Sometimes an actor is able to unlock a character in ways that the playwright is unable to do on his/her own. In this seminar, we will play with text in collaboration with actors, in hopes of encountering that electric moment, the moment when the character on the page begins to take on a life of his/her own!

To register for a seminar, contact membership manager Hannah Joyce-Hoven at or 612.332.7481 ext. 123

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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