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The Center For The Arts Presents Playwriting 101: Writing the Short Play (virtual)

Wednesdays, Feb. 10 – Mar. 3, 2021

4 - 5:30pm • Online Via Zoom

  • Ages 17+ | Fee: $175


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Playwriting 101: Writing The Short Play is designed specifically to meet the needs of students who have a wide range of writing experience focusing on the fundamentals of playwriting (character, structure, dialogue, action, and conflict). Writing The Short Play teaches the specific art of writing a satisfying ten-minute play with the end goal of having students complete a rough first-draft.





Instructor: Patricia Cotter
Location: Online via Zoom. A link will be sent to you the week before.
Dates: February 10, 17, 24, March 3 (4 weeks)
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm



Looking for inspiration?  Check out the short plays featured on the Playing on Air podcast.


About the Instructor


Patricia Cotter holds accolades including; American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award, Daytime Emmy Award, and a Writers Guild of America Award. She has taught improv at The Groundling Theatre in L.A. and writing at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre MFA Program, The Writing Salon, and at theatres throughout the country. Her play, The Daughters, received its world premiere at San Francisco Playhouse in 2019 and is slated to be presented as part of Pride Plays 2021. The Surrogate, was the winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award, and a finalist at the 2016 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. The Break Up Notebook was a GLAAD Award nominee. Musicals (librettist/ adaptations) include Rocket Science: A Musical and The Break- Up Notebook: A Musical (based on her play).

In addition to writing for the stage, Patricia has written for Audible, Twentieth Century Fox Television, Disney Theatrical, and Comedy Central. She was asked by Disney Theatricals and MTI to write Mulan, Jr. (based on the Disney film Mulan), which is produced and performed nationally. Patricia adapted The Surrogate for Kanbar Entertainment and that film, Beautiful Dreamer was released in 2020.



Arts Education at The Center

The Center is expanding their arts education offerings to adults with creative workshops and classes. These programs are for adults 17+. Locations range from in-house to virtual depending on the program and current COVID guidelines. The Center is committed to providing creative offerings to the community in these challenging times.

We are currently seeking teachers. Do you have skills you’d like to share? Don’t have time to market classes on your own? Fill out this form for the chance to share your knowledge with others by partnering with The Center for the Arts!

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