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, Saturdays, 10:30 am – 1 pm, for 15 weeks.
Registration fee will be $400 for new participants, 330 for returning participants.
Following students' completion of the course, their plays will be assigned directors and given a public staged reading.
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.