Online Workshop: Spinning a New Play **WAITLIST**

taught by Core Writer Deborah Yarchun
Tuesdays, January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, and 15th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm CT
Online via Zoom
$150 for Members, $175 for Non-Members

Class Modality: Synchronous (Live via Zoom)

Class Type: Playwriting Craft          

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Tuesdays, January 11th, 18th, 25th, February 1st, 8th, and 15th @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm CT

(5pm PT, 6pm MT, 8pm ET)

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

Structure: Presentational with discussion, writing exercises, homework assignments, and readings.

Questions: Email Alayna at

This class has reached its capacity. If you're still interested, feel free to sign-up on the waitlist below.



It can be a scary thing to start a new play. You have an idea and a blank page in front of you. You may not know where to start or how to keep pushing forward. But spinning a new play is exciting. You get to weave together characters, dialogue, and story into the start of a cohesive work. In this workshop, we'll get your ideas on the page for the first time. Together we will explore everything from the importance of the first moments to finding your way into the play so that you can finally type THE END on the final page. You'll walk away with either a completed first draft of a short play, or a strong beginning of your full-length and the foundation to go forward.

This is the class for you if you:

  • Are seeking accountability in your writing life.
  • Want to connect with other writers and engage with a new play idea through various creative approaches and strategies.
  • Want to launch into your play through community, structure, and writing exercises.
  • Want to finish a play you're currently working on or haven't yet started.

Important Things to Note:

  • This class will be using Google Classroom. Therefore, you must have or create a Gmail account to fully participate in the class.
  • Payment plans are available as needed. Please contact Membership Programs Associate, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, to discuss payment options.


I’m excited to hear your ideas and see them grow into plays. Anna Deavere Smith said, “Talking about acting is like thinking about swimming.” Similarly, thinking about writing is like thinking about swimming. Let’s dive in.


Deborah Yarchun’s plays have been produced and/or developed at places including Amphibian Stage Productions, The Blank Theatre, Capital Rep, Centenary Stage Company, The Civilians, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Great Plains Theater Conference, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the Minnesota Fringe, the Philadelphia Fringe, The Playwrights’ Center, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, The New Harmony Project, Northern Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Theatre Squared’s Arkansas New Play Festival, Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theater by Young Playwrights Inc., and Williams Street Rep. Deborah’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, an EST/Sloan Commission, Dartmouth’s 2020 Neukom Literary Arts Award for Playwriting, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Kernodle New Play Award, the 2020 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Award, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and Women in the Arts & Media Coalition’s Collaboration Award. She was recently a playwright-in-residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts and a member of the Civilians’ R&D Group. Her play GREAT WHITE was an Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award and her newest play ATLAS, THE LONELY GIBBON was a finalist for the 2021 National Playwrights Conference. Deborah is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a 2021-2024 Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. She earned her MFA at the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow.

Deborah has taught playwriting at the University of Iowa, Indiana University (where she won a Carl Ziegler Teaching Award), at The Playwrights’ Center, Women’s Theatre Festival, and at theaters and programs across the country.


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Questions? Email Membership Programs Associate, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, at