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Writing the Short Play
$45.00 – $90.00
This course is part of our 2021 Spectacular Summer Seminar Festival (SSSF) and will be held via Crowdcast. The fees from ABC’s adult writing workshops subsidize our free writing programs for kids, whose work is collected in a yearly anthology, and pay our adult workshop instructors. A limited number of seats in each class are reserved for scholarships, which cover 100% of tuition-fees and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome, and we especially encourage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ writers to apply.
From the Black Arts Movement in 1960s Harlem to Scratch Nights in present-day London, the short play has a long history as the versatile laboratory of dramatic writing. It has been a vessel for formalistic experiments, a low-cost way to give underrepresented communities a voice onstage, and a reliable training ground for fledgling dramatists. In this two-hour seminar, students will be given the tools they need to write for the stage.
By examining the elements of drama and reading short plays from around the world, we will discuss the various functions the short play has served over time and discover the unique possibilities writing for performance has to offer. Students will be provided with short exercises that provide them the opportunity to craft their own short plays, and they will have a chance to hear their work read aloud in a group setting.
Whether you are a first-time playwright or someone looking to hone your dramatic chops, this seminar will help you to craft your first (or your latest) short play.
This Austin Bat Cave adult writing seminar is open to writers of all levels and will be recorded.
About the Instructor
Zachariah Ezer is an M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a James A. Michener Fellow for the class of 2023, a 2020 Town Stages Sokoloff Creative Arts Fellow, a 2018 BUFU EYEDREAM Resident, a 2015 Wesleyan University Olin Fellow, and a member of The Tank’s LIT Council. He is also a dramaturg (for The National Black Theatre, Merde, foolsFURY, and The Workshop Theater, where he is currently in residence), an essayist (published by the University of Texas’ E3W, Gizmodo/io9, HuffPost, Bubbleblabber, and elsewhere), and a performer (in alternative rock band Harper’s Landing).