ONLINE SEMINAR: Satirical Playwriting

taught by Affiliated Writer Lauren Wimmer
Monday, April 3rd from 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT
Online via Zoom
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members


Class Type: Writing Genre, Writing Craft                     

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Monday, April 3rd

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, Witing prompts, Exercises, Workshopping, Q&A, In-class videos

Questions: Email Alayna, Membership Programs Manager at

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.


Satire exposes the shortcomings of social, political, or societal systems. During ever-changing political climates, satire is an opportunity to look at the world through a different lens. During this seminar, students will engage in writing exercises inspired by discussions and a lecture on satire.

This Is the Seminar for You if You:

  • Are a playwright, new or veteran, interested in writing satire. 
  • Are a comedy lover.

What to Expect:

  • To discuss the purpose of satire in our current moment
  • Learn the tenants of satire
  • Walk away with the start of a satirical play and/or further writing of a current satirical work.

Important Things to Note:

  • When you sign up, you will receive an auto-confirmation email. About a week before the 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 detailed email within a week of the seminar, 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.


Satire is a popular genre to write, but I often find that writers know what they want to satirize, but struggle to write satire that actually takes aim at what they are criticizing. Satire should aim at those in power and systems, not those who lack power. Successful satire creates conversations, inspires empathy, and even evokes change. 



Lauren Wimmer writes about loneliness, fear, and death in ways that make people say, "hahaha."

Her plays have been produced or developed at Cave Theatre Co., Dixon Place, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Panndora Productions, The Tank, Play by Play, The Dramatists Guild, PlayGround-NY, Imaginarium Theatre Company, Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival, Theater For The New City, Swarm Artist Residency, The Workshop Theater, Campfire Theatre Festival, Ars Nova's ANT Fest, Theatre Evolve, The Annoyance, Theater Masters, The Bechdel Group, Possibilities Theatre Company, and Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company.

Lauren's a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She's been a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice, Resident Writer with A Collective Artists, and Sitka Fellow. Her work's been published by Samuel French. Additionally, she’s been a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award.

Lauren is a graduate of The Second City's Conservatory and Writing programs. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the recipient of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award and the Jean & Samuel Elgart ACS Legacy Fellowship.


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Headshot of Lauren Wimmer wearing a black shirt in front of a white background.