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Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

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I'm pleased to be presenting a weeklong workshop for my 5th summer at the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, July 7-14, 2017

Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin? Over the past decade, short play festivals have become a regular feature of theatre companies, offering both novice and experienced playwrights the opportunity to see their writing performed. Participants will develop in class (or bring to class) a working draft of either (1) a ten-minute play, or (2) a short monologue or excerpt from a one-woman show. Through in-class writing, discussion, script reading, and revision, we will explore theatrical structure, setup, dialogue, plot, character development, subtext, theme, theatricality, and elements of production. We’ll discuss successful ten-minute plays and monologues, applying tools for avoiding common pitfalls. This workshop culminates in a developmental staged reading on Wednesday evening (open to all conference attendees), where actors will read your play on stage so you can hear your script and respond to feedback. The final session focuses on revision and submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required. 

TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER for the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Writing Intensive and discover the 30 plus multi-genre writing workshops we're offering - go to IWWG Events and join us!

Play Readings from 2016 Workshop pictured below featuring Chuck Bergman, Karen Devaney and Heather Summerhayes Cariou

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a playwright and poet from the Boston area, whose recent workshop presentations include the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Power of Words Conference, True Story Theater, Berkshire Women Writers, Playback North America, and the New England Theatre Conference. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children, and won the Lit House Press Poetry Chapbook Award for All These Cures. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press this year. Kelly’s award-winning plays and monologues are produced around the US and Canada. Her award-winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, was published by Youth Plays. Kelly is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led play development activities for many years. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College. / www.KellyDuMar.com