Around The Block Playwriting Course

Around The Block will be offering a playwriting course: Community Principles of Playwriting – what they are and how to apply them.

Topics covered will include:
  • writing for the audience, cast and crew, and larger community
  • seven dimensions of a play
  • nature, pros and cons of theatre and playwriting as distinct from other art forms
  • the audience–play relationship
  • theater history
  • Comedy, farce, tragedy, drama, dramedy, short and long plays, improv
  • structure
  • themes/ideas
  • characters and relationships
  • dialogue/subtext
  • stage action and spectacle effects
  • emotion and empathy
  • formatting, rewriting, feedback, getting produced and/or published
The participatory course (students will focus and receive assistance on their own plays) will be taught over Zoom by Carlos Jerome.
The course will meet each week, Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 1 pm, for 15 weeks.
Registration fee will be $375 for new participants, 300 for returning participants.
Following the course, students' plays may be assigned directors and given a staged reading streamed over YouTube.
The course welcomes students at all levels of playwriting experience.

To apply, send an email containing your contact info to
(Send no money at this time.)
Attach a resume.