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Course Description

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

Explore the dynamic process of writing a stage play. Over eight weeks, you will be guided, in a supportive environment, to apply the fundamentals of playwriting to writing a ten-minute play - a valuable template for longer work. Through discussion, writing exercises and peer workshops we will get the creative juices flowing, covering story outlines, character development, dialogue and structure. This course is suitable for playwrights at all levels, writers curious about the craft of playwriting, as well as those looking to improve their writing in other genres.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss and critique the elements of good playwriting.
  • Apply elements of good writing to your own writing, using conflict, dialogue, character development, monologues, structure, and explorations of themes.

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Playwriting
  • Finding inspiration
  • Developing a vocabulary for critiquing plays
  • What makes writing dramatic
  • Developing authentic characters
  • Dialogue
  • Monologues
  • Proper play formatting
  • Embracing the rewrite
  • The practicalities of being a playwright


Assessment Item Weight
Workshop, Discussion and Participation 30%
Pre-class and In-class Writing Assignments 35%
Final Project: 10-Minute Play 35%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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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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