ONLINE SEMINAR: Short Playwriting

taught by Affiliated Writer Christin Eve Cato
Monday, May 22nd from 7:00pm - 9:00pm CT
Online via Zoom
$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members


Class Type: Writing Craft                     

Class Level: All Experience Levels Welcome

Class Dates: Monday, May 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: Lecture/presentation, Discussion, Writing prompts, Exercises

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.


Whether you are familiar with or new to playwriting, writing a short play is a great way to practice and test your storytelling skills. The 10-minute play format requires fully developed and recognizable characters, quick and engaging dialogue that skips excessive exposition, is action-driven, and gets straight to the heart of the matter. These are all skills needed to succeed in the writer's industry- whether you're a student entering a writing competition or a professional writer preparing for a pitch. In this course, I will share key components of writing an excellent short play that will encourage you to take creative risks. You will leave with new skills that you can apply to that short play you've been meaning to rewrite or start from scratch. You'll learn how free it is to tell a great story in a short amount of time, and you'll feel proud of yourself for accomplishing it too!

This Is the Seminar for You if You:

  • Are interested in writing short plays.
  • Are looking for key components of writing a short play.
  • Want to look deeper into short story structure.

What to Expect:

  • Discussion and examination of existing short plays.
  • Exercises to use when writing a short play. 
  • Learning how to identify your writing process. 

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 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.


Writing short plays has helped me understand how to get straight into the conflict- which is STORY. It is also a wonderful way to tackle a subject or question you've been meaning to explore. 



Christin Eve Cato is a playwright, dramaturg, and performing artist from the Bronx. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University and completed her BA in Political Science and Philosophy at Fordham University. Cato is also a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts. She is affiliated with NYC theater companies, Pregones/PRTT (ensemble member & former Resident Dramaturg), INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52 ensemble member), and the Latinx Playwrights Circle. She is also a playwright in the WP Theater 2022-2024 Pipeline Lab. Cato's artistic style is expressed through Caribbean culture and the Afro-Latinx diaspora, honoring her Puerto Rican and Jamaican roots. Recent productions include Sancocho (Visión Latino Theater Company / Midwest Premiere- 5th Annual Destinos International Festival / Chicago) and NYC Off-Broadway include, The Good Cop (DUAF 2022); and an audio play journey, The Mayor of Hell's Kitchen Presents: A Time Traveling Journey Through NYC's Wild West (The Parsnip Ship & Playwrights Horizons/ NYC). Publication/Contributor credits include: We Are Not Neutral (Amazon Books) and, launching soon, Latinx Actor Training (Routledge). She has also developed her work with The Playwrights Center, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Kennedy Center, The Musical Theatre Factory, The Artist Coop, Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, Teatro Vivo, Smith College, Indiana University, Texas State University, Cardinal Stage, The Road Theatre Company, Piper Theatre Productions, and many others. Upcoming production: SANCOCHO at the WP Theatre, co-produced by the Latinx Playwrights Circle and The Sol Project (March 2023).

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Questions? Email Membership Programs Manager, Alayna Jacqueline Barnes, at

Headshot of Christin Eve Cato, an Afro-Latina woman smiling with red lips, a curly messy bun, and a red and black checkered shirt.