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Course Description

A diverse group of actors standing on a black stage with a spotlight shining on them

Examine the dynamic process of writing a stage play. Over eight weeks, you will explore the fundamentals of playwriting and begin to apply many of the elements to your own dramatic writing. Using a workshop format, you will engage in a didactic process of presenting your work, as well as giving and receiving feedback. The course culminates with the drafting of your own short play.

This course is ideal for anyone seeking to experiment with the craft of playwriting, as well as those who want to enhance their playwriting skills and experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and continue to explore the fundamentals of playwriting
  • Analyze and critique elements of effective playwriting, including structure, themes, character development, dialogue and monologues
  • Incorporate elements of playwriting into your original writing

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Playwriting
  • Inspiration
  • Theme Development
  • Character Models
  • Levels of Dialogue
  • Positioning Events
  • Formatting a Play
  • Stage Types
  • Play Structures


Assessment Item Weight
In-Class Discussions & Online Workshopping 35%
Dramatic Writing Practice: Creating Compelling Themes, Characters, Dialogue and Events (3 x 10%) 30%
Invest the Moment: Developing a Short Play 35%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

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Section Title
The Art of the Play
6:30PM to 9:00PM
April 14, 2020 to June 09, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition Fee $549.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Beverley Cooper
Section Notes

Course registration closes April 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

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There will be no class on May 12, 2019.

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