Writing the Short Form Play
with Steve Otfinoski
Are you ready to write the Great American Play – the 10-minute version?
The short play form is experiencing a boom in theater festivals and competitions around the country. This format therefore presents a wonderful opportunity for the unknown playwright to break onto the dramatic scene. Writing the short form play also allows the novice playwright to hone his or her craft from the ground up in a tight and challenging form of drama.
Geared to either the novice or experienced writer, this workshop will allow writers of any genre to explore the short form play format. Each week we will read and critique each other’s work, while taking time to examine the tools of the playwright’s trade, including dialogue, characters, setting, plot, and theme. We will even try some in-class writing exercises to sharpen our wits and develop our own dramatic voices.
The final goal will be for each playwright to have a finished short play that is ready to be produced. Writers will be provided with a list of producing companies and contests – both nationally and locally – where they will be encouraged to submit their work in hopes of a staged reading or production.
Instructor: Steven Otfinoski, M.F.A., has more than 30 years of experience as a produced playwright. His plays – both long and short – have been produced throughout , Off and Off-Off Broadway, and in . His theater company, History Alive! has produced his one-person shows at schools and libraries throughout the state for two decades. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Squarewrights, a local playwrights’ group that has produced more than a dozen of his short plays.