2-NIGHT WORKSHOP INTENSIVE: Strategic Scrutiny: The Art of Revision

taught by Affiliated Writer Steven Dietz
Mondays, March 6th and 13th @7pm - 9pm CT
Online via Zoom
$100 for Members, $150 for Non-Members

Class Type: Writing Craft, Writing Theory              

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Mondays, March 6th and 13th  (2 "in-person" online sessions total)

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: Lecture/presentation, Discussion, Q&A

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.

Join us for this 2-night multi-session workshop intensive taught by affiliated writer Steven Dietz.

The workshop intensive schedule is below. Participants should be prepared to attend both sessions:

Monday, March 6th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT

Monday, March 13th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT


Revision is not a virtue. It is a tactic. And all evidence suggests that the revision of a work of art is the thing that makes it last. This frank and hands-on master class will convince you that you do not need a flash of inspiration to make your play better. You need an approach. We cannot do work on our play until we can articulate how our play works. That – along with actionable strategies for inviting scrutiny - is the driving force of this class about the art and craft of revision.

This Is the Seminar for You if You:

  • Are either an experienced or aspirational writer.
  • Have at least finished a draft or two of a play (or other pieces of fiction).
  • Are interested in the revision process.

What to Expect:

  • Tangible strategies to apply to your current plays.
  • Lecture with some discussion via video and the chat function.

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 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.


Steven Dietz's thirty-plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over one hundred regional theaters, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over twenty countries. In 2019, Dietz was once again named one of the 20 Most-Produced Playwrights in America by American Theatre Magazine.

Recent world premieres: How a Boy Falls (Northlight Theatre, Chicago); Dracula: Mina's Quest (ACT Theatre, Seattle); The Great Beyond and The Ghost of Splinter Cove (Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Children's Theatre of Charlotte). Upcoming premieres: Gaslight (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company/Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Murder on the Links (North Coast Repertory Theatre/Laguna Playhouse).

Dietz was awarded the American Theatre Critics Association's Steinberg New Play Citation for Bloomsday; the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for both Fiction and Still Life with Iris; the PEN USA Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; and the Edgar Award ® from the Mystery Writers of America for Sherlock Homes: The Final Adventure.

His work has been premiered/produced at the Roundabout Theatre Company (NYC), Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago), Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Old Globe Theatre (San Diego), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Northlight Theater (Chicago), Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), ACT Theatre (Seattle), and the McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton), among many others.

Other widely produced plays include Becky's New Car, This Random World, Last of the Boys, Rancho Mirage, Shooting Star, Yankee Tavern, Inventing van Gogh, Private Eyes, Rocket Man, God's Country, and The Nina Variations.

Dietz taught in the MFA Playwriting and Directing program at UT/Austin for twelve years. He currently serves as a Dramatists Guild "Traveling Master"—teaching workshops in playwriting, story-making, and collaboration across the U.S.

Dietz and his wife, playwright Allison Gregory, divide their time between Austin and Seattle.

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

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