Ohio Playwrights Circle

Hello World!

In General Update on March 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Welcome to the Ohio Playwrights Circle.  Today we begin.

I’m Michael London and I am starting the ball rolling on this effort.  I am a writer living in Ohio and a member of the Dramatists Guild.  Finding places to study, practice  and learn playwrighting in this area is challenging.   That reality is what brought me to conceive of this project.

I have had this on my mind for some time.  Colleagues in the Guild encouraged me to move forward with it when we met this past June in Washington, D.C..  So with the help and encouragement of friends and colleagues, I’m ‘getting off my butt’ to make it happen.

The idea for this project is simple.  Make classes  & workshops available for playwrights to study.  Make opportunities for playwrights to hear their work read.  Create opportunities for writers to learn from others in the storytelling business.  Create networking opportunities for playwrights to know each other.  And lastly, create opportunities for writers to work with another writer.

It won’t all happen at once.  We’ll do a bit at a time and let it grow. We are beginning with classes and readings and public conversations.  An annual retreat and the Writers Circle will come in time.

We are starting in Dayton, Ohio and we may move out to other parts of Ohio over time.  Different communities have different needs.  In Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative provides opportunities for the readings of members work.  So there is probably no need for us to help coordinate anything there.  However, if we can offer a service we’ll be open to extending our efforts to help.  The same goes with other communities.  We’ll find a host for other activities in different places as needed.  I say we because I won’t be doing this alone.  Others are already volunteering to help.

I’m very pleased at the generous invitation of the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, to use their space for our activities.  They are hosting our first class, our first readings, and our first conversations in storytelling.  They are such kind professionals to work with and have a commitment to creating new work in the theatre.  Many thanks to them.

We’ll use this blog site as a primary source for information on activities but we’ll try our best to find as many other ways to share the updates on what’s happening next.  You can find us on Facebook also.  I’ll try to keep expanding the information and the opportunities as often as possible.

Today is just step one.

Keep writing & Be well,

ML

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