Online Workshop: "Help! I'm Stuck!"

taught by Affiliated Writer Winter Miller
Tuesday, February 22nd for first class; additional virtual dates to be determined with the class and the instructor
Venue: 
Online via Zoom
Cost: 
$150 for Members, $175 for Non-Members

Class Modality: Hybrid Asynchronous

Class Type: Playwriting Craft      

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Tuesday, February 22nd for first class; additional virtual dates to be determined with the class and the instructor @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm CT

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

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

Structure: Lecture videos, discussion (in class and via postings), writing prompts and exercises, projects, assignments, readings, and film viewings

Questions: Email Alayna at alaynab@pwcenter.org

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


Craig Lucas says “Torture the heroine,” and he isn’t wrong.

The person who knows the most about your play is you; a teacher’s role is to jostle your brain cells and cradle your heart so you can tell your story with authenticity and surprise.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

We dive into a new work like a new love, then somewhere it hits us: Ohhh, this is bigger/scarier/harder than I realized. But it isn’t, not really. Trust your process, your breakthrough is coming. Our shared mission is to remind you what you set out to do, help you find your footing, and relight the match.

This is the class for you if you:

  • Are interested in the revision process.
  • Are a new or old playwright with something to say but you got scared along the way.
  • You want to reengage with a script you've hidden away.

What to expect:

  • Dig deeper, connect with your own lived experience, let go of controlling the narrative and let fly.

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.

What is a hybrid asynchronous class?

This multi-week workshop is a hybrid asynchronous course. This means a portion of this class will have a set, scheduled time to meet with the instructor as a group, while the rest of the course will ask students to complete assignments and access resources on their own schedules.

Asynchronous learning allows flexibility in your learning schedule within a specific timeframe. Your instructor will assign weekly writings, readings, video viewings, posts to respond to, and other independent homework assignments to complete and submit by deadlines given by your instructor.

To learn more about synchronous and asynchronous classes click here.


NOTE FROM WINTER

I love teaching because you get a front row seat to when a writer breaks through and finds their voice. The nature of this class has a mystery to it: I have to guess what I think you’ll need and you’ll have to trust me. It’s all a grand experiment!

INSTRUCTOR BIO

Winter Miller

Raised by activist feminist parents and schooled by Quakers, Winter Miller is surprisingly amusing. She makes and champions art to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Eartha Kitt once held her left hand for five minutes. 

When Monica Met Hillary premieres at Miami New Drama in 2022, directed by Margot Bordelon followed by the release of her children’s picture book, about Gato, Not A Cat.

Winter is writing the libretto for the radio opera No One Is Forgotten with composers Paola Prestini and Sxip Shirey, adapted from her play No One Is Forgotten, which she produced and directed at Rattlestick Theater, NYC which The New Yorker called “a profoundly devastating play.”

Her award-winning play In Darfur premiered in a sold-out run at The Public Theater, NYC, followed by a standing room only performance at the historic 1800-seat Delacorte Theater in Central Park, a first for a play by a woman. In Darfur has played theaters across the United States. Winter traveled to the Sudan border with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Select plays include: Spare Rib, described in a New Yorker profile as a “quasi comic abortion drama,” The Penetration Play (13P) which The New York Times called “cracklingly funny,” Look At Us (The Cherry Lane), Conspicuous (Keen) and Animalia Arthropoda. Winter’s plays are published by Samuel French and Playscripts and appear in various anthologies.

Winter is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13Playwrights. She has been awarded prizes or fellowships with NYFA, Sundance Institute, Djerassi (MacElwee Fellow), Bogliasco Foundation, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Nancy Dean Lesbian Playwriting Prize Finalist, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, The Playwrights Center, Civilians, National New Play Network, New Georges and SLAC. Play commissioners include Joe’s Pub, Miami New Drama, The Guthrie, Nature’s Darlings and Keen Company. 

She has created theater with young people surviving in war-torn areas of Northern Uganda and Palestine, and in LGBTQIA communities in NYC. She received a BA from Smith College, an MFA from Columbia University and is a proud affiliate of New Georges and The Playwrights Center and was elected NYC’s first Dramatists Guild Representative.

Winter has taught in MFA programs with The New School and Queens University of Charlotte and undergraduates at SUNY Purchase.  She has lectured at Princeton, NYU, and Pace, and has led writing workshops with The New Group, Primary Stages, New York Theater Workshop and Arts Connection. 

A former journalist, Winter wrote 90+ articles for The New York Times, and is profiled in The New Yorker, Bomb, New York Magazine, and on NPR’s Brian Lehrer and All of It with Alison Stewart. She has essays in the anthologies “Pretty Bitches” and “Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists.”

 


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Questions? Email Membership Programs Associate, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, at alaynab@pwcenter.org 

Winter Miller