Submission Series Part IV: The Rejection Letter

taught by Affiliated Writer Cristina Luzárraga
Sunday, April 18th from 2:30pm - 5pm CST
Online via Zoom
$5 for Members, $15 for Non-Members

Class Type: Playwriting Career                         Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

When: Sunday, April 18 2:30pm - 5:00pm CT 

(12:30pm PT, 1:30pm MT, 3:30pm ET)

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

Structure: Presentation, discussion, exercises, Q&A session 

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


Submitting is exhausting. It’s time-consuming. But it’s necessary. Even if it often feels mystical and ethereal. One of the most difficult aspects is hearing “no.” This seminar is focused on reframing why “rejection” is the wrong word. Together we’ll explore different types of rejection letters, ways to still build relationships after hearing “no,” and how to improve your application for the next submission cycle. Participants will leave with a foundation and examples to take with them into the upcoming submission cycle.

This is the class for you if you:

  • Want to ask questions about the submitting process
  • Are curious about how plays are selected
  • Want new strategies to cope with a rejection letter
  • Are interested in reframing what “rejection” and “success” look like


Cristina Luzárraga is a playwright from New Jersey whose work tends to feature unruly women and an exploration of the grotesque and uncanny. Her plays include Critical Distance, Millennialville, Havana Syndrome, and La Mujer Barbuda (2018 Screencraft Stage Play Winner and Princess Grace Award Finalist). An alum of The Second City Conservatory in Chicago and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood collective, she was a 2019-2020 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis where she currently resides. Her full-lengths have been developed with Playmakers Repertory Company, Teatro LATEA, and IATI Theater; her short plays have been featured in the 2020 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and published in anthologies by Smith and Kraus. A member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, she is currently working on a commissioned musical about Betty Crocker for History Theatre. BA: Princeton; MFA: Ohio University.

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