Online Playwriting Courses

The Playwrights Group offers two online courses.

  • The Art of Playwriting (8 weeks)
  • Write a Play in 10 Weeks

Both are One on One with instructor Richard Caliban, who has spent his life in rehearsal rooms getting words on a page up onto a stage. And since it’s One on One, the courses can be adjusted to fit your level of experience. 

The Art of Playwriting

This 8 week course offers a comprehensive immersion into the art of playwriting. 

Included are the nuts and bolts basics, insights and tips on how to infuse your writing with artistry and depth; and first hand advice taken from a lifetime of experience on practical issues that can make all the difference in eventually getting a play produced. 

So whether you’re someone who wants to find out if writing plays is something you want to do, or whether you’re already working on a script but just want a little refresher — this can be a great way to jump start the process and get you immersed in the art of playwriting. 

The Course Includes

Lectures On Playwriting Elements

  • Each week you will learn one of the basic components of playwriting. 

Weekly Assignment

  • Short assignments corresponding to the lecture topics, giving you the opportunity to put into practice what you’re learned.

Facetime/Skype Session

  • Each week you will have a half hour live discussion with the instructor, Richard Caliban.

Sample Plays

  • A play is assigned to read and discuss each week.

Writing a Play

  • Working on a script is the best way to learn, so during the course you will work on a long term project: writing a play. 

How Does It Work? 

Enroll anytime. And then each week you receive materials, assignments and feedback via email and video conference. 

Write A Play In 10 Weeks

This 10 week course is entirely focused on you getting the first draft of a play written.

You can start with an idea you’ve been thinking about but haven’t gotten around to writing. Or you can start from scratch. 

Think of it as having your own personal trainer guiding and keeping you focused on reaching the goal of a completed first draft. 

The Course Includes

Notes on Playwriting

  • Each week you will get tips and strategies emailed to you to help with plot, character, dialog and to shape your story with dramatic structure, from the first kernel of an idea to a completed first draft. 

Weekly Feedback

  • As you progress with your script you will receive feedback along with some brainstorming and suggestions on how move forward.

Facetime/Skype Session

  • Each week you will have a half hour live discussion with the instructor, Richard Caliban.

How Does It Work? 

Enroll anytime. And then each week you receive materials by email and feedback via email and video conference. 

Richard Caliban has directed, taught and/or lectured at The National Theatre Conservatory, NYU, Columbia University, C.W. Post College, Hunter College, The City College of New York, Towson University, The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Director’s Guild, Gotham Writers Workshop, The Playpen and The Playwrights Group. He was a New York State Council on the Arts Panelist for Playwriting. Caliban received his education at Bard College, the Yale School of Drama and the New York Film Academy.