Ohio Playwrights Circle

Miami Writes

In General Update on December 11, 2021 at 8:23 pm

Miami Writes, a program of the Miami University Regionals’ Theatre, is accepting submissions until February 4, 2022 for a reading of short plays. To qualify, plays must be a maximum of 10-15 pages in length either as a complete story or as part of a larger work. Students, faculty, alumni and local playwrights are welcome to submit. The reading will be held March 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm on the Miami University campus in Studio 307 of Phelps Hall, 1601 University Blvd in Hamilton, Ohio. It will include a talk back session immediately following each play’s reading and written feedback from the audience. Playwrights are allowed only one submission and must be able to attend the March 22 event in person. To submit, email your play to Bekka Eaton, at eatonrl@miamioh.edu.

Scripts must be formatted in Times, Courier or other HTML fonts with numbered pages. Underline or highlight any stage directions needed to be read aloud to describe the visual actions or settings of the story. They should be succinct. Include a brief synopsis, the setting of your story, and a description of each character. Include a phone, email address and a brief biography in your cover letter. If the entry is an 10-15 page excerpt of a one act or full length play, submit the entire play and include a clear and cogent recap of the action preceding and following the excerpt with the pages to be read clearly indicated.

Contact Bekka Eaton at eatonrl@miamioh.edu or call 513-330-1503 with any questions.


The Playwrighting Workshop – Winter 2022

In Class Info on November 18, 2021 at 12:37 am


The Playwrighting Workshop is an intensive training ground for experienced writers seeking to refine their play through weekly readings and revisions. Limited to only six playwrights for personalized attention, this online workshop will provide the opportunity for each writer to complete the revisions necessary to develop their new work for the theatre.

The essential elements of the Playwrighting Workshop are:

  • This is a workshop for playwrights who have a script that is completed, nearly completed or in the development stages.
  • All playwrights will hear their work and have the opportunity to revise their work and hear it again, working toward a finished piece by the end of the eight sessions.
  • During the eight week sessions, each student’s work will be read live by actors and analyzed by the writers and readers for clarity and impact.
  • The small workshop size (only 6 writers) provides individualized attention to the needs of each playwright as they develop their work.
  • Previous experience writing plays is essential.  This is not a beginning course in playwrighting.
  • Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29 ; February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Class Time: 12pm – 4pm Eastern Standard Time
  • All workshops are held online using ZOOM.  It is important for students to use a desktop computer or laptop for a strong internet connection to this class.  Telephones and Tablets may provide a less reliable internet connection.
  • The cost for this class is: $275.00  Students will be able to pay for class online to The American ArtWorks Foundation.
  • Should the class fill up, you may sign up on a waiting list slot.

Please follow this link to sign-up for this workshop: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4caead2ca4f94-theplaywrighting1

The Ohio Playwrights Circle is a project of the American ArtWorks Foundation.


2021 Spring Workshop

In Class Info, General Update on February 3, 2021 at 6:36 pm

Our 2021 Spring Playwrighting Workshop is full. Word is spreading about the educational opportunities offered by the Ohio Playwrights Circle.

After being forced by the pandemic to close down in the middle of the Workshop in March of last year, OPC adapted its programs to an online format and opened registration nationwide. As a result, familiar faces from the past joined new students and readers from across the country for the Level One and Level Two classes in the 2020-2021 season. The Workshop scheduled to begin in March sold out within hours of posting, again attracting new interest from and opportunities for students and actors throughout the nation. Unfortunately, the workshop marks the end of OPC’s season but Level One will again be offered in the Fall of 2021, followed by Level Two and the Workshop in Winter and Spring, respectively, of 2022.

Classes offered by OPC teach students the basics of playwrighting through writing assignments designed to specifically address the talents and needs of each individual student. The workshop allows students to advance their own personal projects, whether complete, in an early stage of development or somewhere in between, for readings, analysis and if needed, further revision and feedback.

For further information, follow Ohio Playwrights Circle on Facebook.

The Ohio Playwrights Circle is a project of the American ArtWorks Foundation.