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Playwriting (7/12/21-7/15/21)

$200.00

The goal of this course, facilitated by Conner Bassett, is to produce one 10-minute play. To help you do this, we will approach playwriting as a form of craft—grounded in dialogue, character, voice, setting, tone, conflict, action, and plot structure. It will also emphasize a play’s arc: its beginning, turning point, and ending.

Dates: Monday-Thursday, 7/12/21-7/15/21
Time: 9 – 11 am (PT) // 12 – 2 pm (ET)
Ages: 11-14

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The goal of this course, facilitated by Conner Bassett, is to produce one 10-minute play. To help you do this, we will approach playwriting as a form of craft—grounded in dialogue, character, voice, setting, tone, conflict, action, and plot structure. It will also emphasize a play’s arc: its beginning, turning point, and ending.

Besides writing our plays, we will study drama as an art form. We will ask questions, both practical and philosophical. What is drama? Where does it come from? How does it work? What distinguishes it from other forms of literary and performative arts?

What to Expect in Class: In each class, we will discuss aspects and techniques of playwriting and read scenes that demonstrate these techniques in action. Each class will also include writing prompts to help generate ideas for your plays.

Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20
Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given for cancellations requested two weeks or more in advance of camp. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before camp, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience.


Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers' voices and stories.

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Conner Bassett holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a PhD student in Creative Writing from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, three poetry chapbooks, and one translated book of Russian drama. His second book, Invention of Monsters: Plays for the Theatre (2015), received a nomination for the Lambda Literary Prize.

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