NPOC University Courses
Playwriting (PWC 300)
Instructor: Philip Dawkins
An online playwriting workshop taught from the perspective of a professional playwright affiliated with the Playwrights’ Center. Students will learn about playwriting fundamentals, trends in the field, and effective methods for sharing and receiving creative feedback. 4 credits (Fall semester only in 2020-21 academic year)
FROM THE INSTRUCTOR
The course's online format offers a distinct opportunity to explore what it means to be creators of live, in-person content when the definitions of "in-person" are changing every day. Through the study of various approaches to playwriting, including mold-breaking visionary responses to the current moment, Playwriting (PWC 300) will provide a generative and collaborative space not only to learn the basics of the form but to challenge and reshape them to meet the future.
Themes in Playwriting: Excavating Your "Stuff" (PWC 310)
Instructor: Tori Sampson
An online playwriting workshop taught from the perspective of a professional playwright affiliated with the Playwrights’ Center. Students will learn about specific themes in playwriting. 4 credits (Spring semester only in 2020-21 academic year).
FROM THE INSTRUCTOR
This class is about discovering and writing your “stuff.” To be a playwright you must take the time to discover your voice and that’s what we will be excavating in this class. Your voice is you and you are your stuff. Your stuff…well, your stuff is what’s going to make your plays original and truthful.
Let’s dig into some great examples of playwrights who wholeheartedly offer pieces of themselves and by doing so help to unlock truths within audiences. Then, let’s play! And write! And write and play until you are writing a play only you can pen.
You will read, write, share, listen, and ask questions of yourself and fellow playwrights. You will draw pictures and illustrate memories. You will learn that playwright is often misspelled h-o-n-e-s-t-y. Catharsis comes in multiple structures. It is not reserved for spectators alone. This class is about you: the playwright. Your stuff is waiting on you to boldly and beautifully release it to the world. C’mon...your voice is waiting…you know you want to.