*Waitlist* ONLINE WORKSHOP: Draft Zero: An End-of-Year Playwriting Sprint

taught by Affiliated Writer Kate Tarker
Tuesdays, November 1st through December 13th **REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18th**
Online via Zoom
$150 for Members, $175 for Non-Members

Class Modality: Synchronous - Meeting online once every week.

Class Type: Writing Craft                         

Class Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Class Dates: November 1st through December 13th

Tuesdays, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th, December 6th, and 13th (6 "in-person" online sessions total)

*Note: Skipping Tuesday, November 22nd

Class Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT 

(5:00pm PT, 6:00pm MT, 8:00pm ET)

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

Structure: Discussion, Exercises, Workshopping, Tips & tricks

Questions: Email Alayna, Membership Programs Manager at alaynab@pwcenter.org

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.


Have you been wanting to write something new, but life keeps getting in the way? Does perfectionism tend to freeze you up? Do you have trouble starting... or sticking with your choices til the finish line? Do you identify as... a procrastinator? 

If you relate to any of the above, join me for this end-of-year playwriting sprint. We will write courageous Zero Drafts: The draft where you figure out what you're trying to say and how to say it. We will write fast and furious, and challenge each other to explode our hearts and go to the edges of our curiosities. Not every page we write will make sense, but those are next draft problems! You'll come away from this class with something that feels vibrant, honest, alive, and uniquely you. It will also have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Bring a willingness to experiment and surprise yourself. 

This Is the Class for You if You:

  • Have an idea you're ready to explore on the page.
  • Need accountability and deadlines to help you prioritize your project.
  • Have some playwriting experience under their belt.
  • Want to surprise yourself while writing.

What to Expect:

  • You'll race together with your accountability buddies to the finish line, where you get to type END OF PLAY.
  • That this journey will be fun and terrifying all at once.

Important Things to Note:

  • **REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 18th**
  • When you sign up, you will receive an auto-confirmation email. The next business day 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 by the next business day, please check your spam folder or reach out to Alayna and she will make sure you have the information you need for the seminar or class.
  • 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.
  • 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 Manager, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, to discuss payment options.


Every act always generates its own resistance, and writing is no exception. Starting, and committing, is often the hardest part. It's much easier to overcome this with a community rooting for you.


Kate Tarker is an American playwright who grew up in small town Germany. Kate's newest play, Montag, will premiere at Soho Rep. in October 2022. Other produced plays include THUNDERBODIES (Soho Rep.), Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man (The Wilma, FoolsFURY), and Laura and the Sea (Rivendell Theatre Ensemble). Kate's work has been called "screamingly funny" (The New York Times) and "staggeringly original" (The San Francisco Chronicle). Her accolades include a Jerome Fellowship, The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Theater Masters’ Visionary Playwright Award, and she has been featured twice on the Kilroys List. Kate has been in residence at Tofte Lake Center, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and twice at the MacDowell Colony. She is an alum of Ars Nova Play Group, New Georges Jam, and The Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Program. Kate currently holds commissions from Soho Rep. and Playwrights Horizons' Soundstage, and she recently published work in the McSweeney’s anthology, I Know What's Best For You: Stories on Reproductive Freedom, as well as in The Paris Review. MFA Yale School of Drama. Teaching experience: Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, Play Penn, University of The Arts, Salve Regina University, The Playwrights' Center. Kate currently lives in Rhode Island.

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

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