Ohio Playwrights Circle

OPC’s 2021-22 Season

In Class Info, General Update on August 20, 2021 at 2:48 pm

Ohio Playwrights Circle is gearing up for it’s 10th season of playwrighting classes and workshops. Now open to beginning and experienced writers across the country over the Zoom platform!

First up is Playwrighting-Level I.

This class is designed to take the mystery out of playwrighting and provide an introduction to new playwrights. The method of building a play is explored through a variety of exercises. Our focus will be on understanding the tools in basic dramatic structure. The process involves a lot of scene writing, a lot of thinking, a lot of laughing, a lot of learning, and a lot of fun. Each playwright will be assigned weekly exercises to create a 10-Minute Scene. The class is planned for novices and experienced playwrights alike and provides the opportunity for playwrights to hear their work come to life. No playwrights will be expected to begin the class with already completed work. Actors and directors are welcome to be part of the process. Class size is limited to 6.

Classes will be held at: Noon – 3pm Eastern Time

Dates: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2021

Cost: $325.

Sign up now at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4CAEAD2CA4F94-playwrighting3


As always, we can’t give OPC playwrights the feedback they need without the generosity and support of talented actors. Sign up now to participate in the Level I class for as little as half of one class, for the entire run or anything in between. Readers will receive the scripts in advance and participate in a brief run through on the day of class to work out any bugs and questions you may have.

Register now at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F4CAEAD2CA4F94-readers8


In November, OPC will guide you through what playwrights hate most: Submitting your work. This four class Submission workshop series is about getting your work produced. We will explore treatments, writing a pitch, standard format, what not to do, where and when to submit, creating submissions lists and generally getting organized to do what many of us just don’t like to do. Playwrights should come to the workshop with one or more completed plays.

The learning continues with Playwrighting-Level II in January 2022; a continuation of Level I. Although we will still be looking closely at the dramatic structure of the story, we will also focus attention on other aspects of storytelling and the building of the play. There will be a lot of writing, a lot of thinking, some mutual support from other playwrights, and a general atmosphere of fun and learning. Playwrights can expect weekly assignments to create new short scenes each week to be read by actors in class.

To round out the season in March, OPC will be conducting a Making the Play Workshop. This 8 week workshop is for playwrights who have completed a first draft of a play and want to refine it. This series is focused on feedback and preparing each participants’ script to be ready for submission and production.

For more information contact Steve at OPC.pr.steve@gmail.com.

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.

Playwrighting Class Level 2 – Winter 2021

In Class Info, General Update on August 25, 2020 at 4:38 pm


The Playwrighting Level Two class is an intensive training ground for more experienced writers seeking to advance their playwrighting skills through weekly assignments. Limited to only six students for personalized attention, this online course will expand on the structural and story fundamentals necessary to develop new work for the theatre. Playwrighting Level One or similar experience is required.

The essential elements of the Level Two class are:

  • Using Dara Mark’s book, “The Inside Story,” as a reference, students will develop their skills through weekly writing assignments.
  • Each assignment will be read in class by actors and analyzed and reviewed with your fellow students, every week.
  • In this seven week class, students will build on the basics of writing for the theatre by developing more complex stories that could lead to one act or full length narratives.
  • Students are expected to know the basics of playwrighting but the material will be refreshed as needed.
  • Guest writers, directors, producers, and other theatre professionals will be joining the class via Zoom to share their top tips on the craft.
  • Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 2021
  • Class Time: 12pm – 3pm
  • All classes are held online using ZOOM.  It is preferential for students to use a desktop computer or laptop for a strong internet connection to this class.  Telephones and Tablets provide a less reliable internet connection.
  • The cost for this class is: $250.00  Students will be able to pay for class online to The American ArtWorks Foundation.  Instructions will be sent to each student shortly after sign-up.

Please click Here to sign up. Thank you!

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