Crafting the Killer 10-Minute Play


Crafting the Killer 10-Minute Play

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There are tons of theater companies and organizations currently producing 10-minute play festivals. These festivals offer playwrights of all levels (from beginner to professional) ample opportunities to engage with their communities, see their work staged, and even win awards. Great 10-minute plays can be just as funny, powerful and moving as longer dramatic works, but there’s a challenge: you’ve got exactly one minute to grab an audience’s attention and nine minutes to deliver a cathartic experience. They also require the same structural elements (inciting incident, conflict, relationships, events, and resolution) as full-length plays. In Crafting the Killer 10-Minute Play, we’ll explore the foundational elements of dramatic writing specifically as they pertain to this form. Over the course of this six-week class, you’ll write, workshop and revise an original 10-minute play so that it’s ready to submit to festivals and competitions nationwide. This class is excellent for anyone interested in writing for the stage – regardless of experience level.

  • Instructor: Edith Freni

  • Length of workshop: 6 weeks

  • Date: Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 2 (Tues), & July 10

  • Time: 7 - 9 pm

  • Location: Porch HQ
    2811 Dogwood Pl.
    Nashville, TN 37204

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Edith Freni holds both her BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Her work has been produced and developed at theaters across the country. She was the inaugural Emory University Playwriting Fellow from 2014-16; a 2015-16 Ingram New Works Lab resident playwright at Nashville Repertory Theater; the recipient a fellowship at the 2016 Sewanee Writers' Conference and served as the 2016-18 Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. For all else: