ONLINE SEMINAR: Writing Improvisationally

Taught by Affiliated Writer Lauren Wimmer
Monday, September 25th @ 6:30pm - 8:30pm Central Time
Online via Zoom
$15 for Members, $20 for Non-Members



Whether a hobbyist or mid-career playwright, it is easy to impose constraints on one’s writing. Lauren Wimmer helps writers break through those constraints by guiding students to trust their instincts. Through writing exercises and group activities, students will walk away with a new sense of play in their writing.

This class is for you if you:

  • Feel held back or stuck in your writing.
  • Wish you felt more free while developing your stories. 
  • Are interested in new strategies to strengthen your writing.
  • Are interested in learning more about Lauren Wimmer’s work and approach to writing.

What to expect:

  • In-class writing exercises
  • Sharing and discussing work
  • Small group activities
  • Walk out with short scenes and new exercises to generate ideas and characters

Important Things to Note:

  • When you sign up, you will receive an auto-confirmation email. About a week before the first session you will receive a detailed confirmation email with important information about the seminar including (1) Membership Programs Participation Form (2) The Zoom link (3) Pre-assignments from the instructor and (4) Information about the PWC Membership and Education Team.
  • If you have not received this email within an hour of the session, please check your spam folder or reach out to Alayna and she will make sure you have the information you need for the seminar.
  • All participants must complete and submit a Membership Programs Participation Form for each seminar or class they want to attend. A link to this form is included in the detailed confirmation email.


Class Type: Playwriting genre               

Class Level: All levels are welcomed

Class Dates: Monday, September 25th

Class Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm CT 

(4:30pm PT, 5:30pm MT, 7:30pm ET)

Where: Online via Zoom, check out this quick video on the process.

Structure: Lecture/presentation, Discussion, Writing prompts, Exercises, Workshopping, Q&A

Questions: Email Alayna, Membership Programs Manager at

Captioning: For all sessions, we enable Zoom's auto-generated captioning. However, live captioning can be requested (with 2-weeks' notice) via the Membership Programs Participation Form shared in the detailed confirmation email.

Recordings: If you cannot attend a portion of the seminar, we have a Teaching Assistant and/or PWC facilitator taking in-depth notes. These written notes will be shared with all participants at the end of each session. (We record all of our sessions for internal use only. We do not share recordings with participants.)

Participants must register to join this class, Sign Up at the bottom of the page.


There is so much self-doubt that can happen when writing. This course will help you to follow your initial instincts when creating first drafts.


Lauren Wimmer writes about loneliness, fear, and death in ways that make people say, "hahaha." Her plays have been produced or developed at Cave Theatre Co., Dixon Place, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Panndora Productions, The Tank, Play by Play, A Collective Artists, The Dramatists Guild, PlayGround-NY, Irondale, Imaginarium Theatre Company, Mid-America Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, Theater For The New City, Swarm Artist Residency, The Workshop Theater, Campfire Theatre Festival, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, Theatre Evolve, The Annoyance, Theater Masters, The Bechdel Group, Possibilities Theatre Company, and Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company. Lauren's a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and The Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit. She's been a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice and Sitka Fellow. Her work's been published by Samuel French. Additionally, she’s been a finalist for the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Award, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and a nominee for the L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Lauren is a graduate of The Second City's Conservatory and Writing programs. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the recipient of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award and the Jean & Samuel Elgart ACS Legacy Fellowship.

Headshot of Lauren Wimmer wearing a black shirt in front of a white background.