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The objectives for the Playwriting Intensive are as follows:

  • Review playwriting basics including structure, theme, character, plot, and dialogue
  • Provide playwrights with an opportunity to outline, draft, and/or revise dramatic writing
  • Provide playwrights with an opportunity to exercise and/or improve their craft through daily writing exercises
  • Provide an opportunity for playwrights to hear their work read aloud
  • Provide a forum for playwrights to analyze and discuss each other’s work with the goal of giving positive support and encouragement
  • Provide a tutorial for the playwright to examine his/her individual voice

If you have a completed script, or a script you are working on, please bring it along. If you’re just getting started, you’ll have an opportunity to develop your ideas, crafting them into play form.


Liz Fentress is a director, playwright, and actor. In 2008, her play The Honey Harvest won the North American Actors Association annual playwriting competition and was staged in London’s West End. Kentucky Educational Television’s production of Liz’s autobiographical play, Liz’s Circus Story, which she wrote and performs, won the 2005 National Educational Television Association award for Best Dramatic Narrative.

Bob Curry writes fiction, plays, and screenplays, and teaches writing at UW–Madison Continuing Studies and Madison College. Recent editing projects include Spirit Falls, Robert Townsend’s recently published novel, and I, Nixon, a play by historian Stanley Kutler, which was produced recently in Chicago. He co-wrote the screenplay for The Last Great Ride, starring Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan.


Prior to the start of class: All writers submit work ahead of time so the instructors can read their play or scenes prior to the intensive. Instructors will also have a conversation with participants to determine their goals for the intensive.

Days 1-3
9am-Noon Discussion and Feedback
1:30-4:30pm Writing/craft and individual tutorials
6pm-9pm Readings with actors

Day 4
9am-Noon Discussion and feedback
1pm-4pm Showcase Event: Local theatre producers and members of the local theatre community are invited to the Wisconsin Wrights Playwriting Intensive Showcase. Each playwright is given 10 minutes for his/her work.

Course Fees

Playwriting Intensive Registration Fee: (includes onsite instruction and all course materials)

$200 if signed up by May 1, $250 if signed up after May 1.

Registration Deadline: May 28.

Ongoing Script Critique Service: We charge $4/page for the script critique service. The critique includes a thorough analysis of your pages and a letter with suggestions. Expect a good amount of feedback. We believe in telling each writer what is working well and pointing out areas that can be improved along with suggestions or options for making those improvements. Our critiques cover the important aspects including story structure, plot, scene work, characterization, theme, dialogue, setting, transitions, and style. Contact Sarah Marty at 608-263-2790 or