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Empower Your Students’ Creativity Through Playwriting

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. Learn how to create incredible plays with your students with this step-by-step guide.

Have you ever been fascinated by the idea of writing a play with your students, but never knew where to start?

Do you ever feel stuck for new ideas on how to get more from your students when it comes to creative writing? How to get them to dig deeper to move beyond two-dimensional characters and simple stories?

Introducing Teaching Playwriting, a 108-page eBook that will completely transform how you explore creative writing in the classroom.

This book not only covers the basic concepts of playwriting – but it also provides in-depth step-by-step curriculum with three different teaching tracks on how to create plays in the classroom from start to finish.

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“This is the best book on playwriting I have read yet. It’s rare to have a book that includes everything that you will need to teach a class. She makes everything so clear…even a teacher with no theatre experience could successfully and easily guide their students through the playwriting process.”

Sarah Siegel, Junior Theatre

With this eBook you’ll get:

  • 7 chapters on how to introduce playwriting fundamentals with engaging activities, many of them never-before-published
  • 5 chapters of step-by-step curriculum on creating plays individually, creating plays in small groups, and creating plays as a class
  • 1 chapter on peer review, revision and a playwriting rubric
  • 7 chapters of bonus material including a playwriting checklist, professional advise, performance crash course, and opportunities for young playwrights
  • 9 handouts to aid students along the way

How is this book different?

Similar to our best-selling Teaching Drama: The Essential Handbook, this book is written in a practical lesson-plan style that will instantly allow you to implement these tools into your classroom. Each chapter builds upon the next, and includes helpful shaded boxes offering teaching advice, side-coaching suggestions, text samples and vocabulary words.

What skills will my students learn?

.Below are just a few of the topics covered in the book:

  • What is a play? Through the exploration of provided texts students will discover what makes playwriting unique from other forms of creative writing.
  • Dialogue. Students will learn how to write character-specific dialogue that keeps audiences engaged.
  • Conflict. Students will understand the importance of raising the stakes and how to use conflict in a way that builds interesting scenes.
  • Plot Sequencing. Students will learn how to use a plot diagram to chart out the world of a play.
  • Creating a Character (from a photo). Students will learn the 8 W’s of character development – then create an original character from an image.
  • Creating a Character (from props). Students will learn that new ideas can come from anywhere – even everyday props in the classroom.
  • Creating a Character (from improvisation). Students will engage in improvisational activities with the focus on serious character development. They will also understand how characters must move the plot forward.
  • The Monologue. Students will learn the tools necessary to create a compelling monologue that rings true to their characters.
  • Playwriting Tracks. In depth, step-by-step curriculum that will help you guide your students to create a play by either 1) Creating plays individually 2) Creating plays in small groups 3) Creating a play as a class
  • Review, Revision, Rubric. Students will learn how to effectively review and revise their plays with peer participation and a provided rubric.
  • Plus… Bonus Character and Dialogue Activities, a Performance Crash Course, Opportunities for Young Playwrights and Vocabulary List

Click here to download a free preview of Chapter 7: The Monologue


About the Author

Sophia Chapadjiev is the Artistic Director of the Young Playwrights Festival at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center where she has been the Director of Education since 2007. She has faciliated professional development workshops at educational conferences around the U.S. As a playwright, her works have been produced in New York City and London. She has a BFA from Emerson and an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Download this resource today.

This book will provide you with everything you need to teach a semester of playwriting your students will never forget. All in a simple printable guide that’s affordable and instantly usable.

Sophia regularly travels to schools to give Professional Development workshops on playwriting that typically cost upwards of $1,500. Online courses on playwriting start around $400.

You can download Teaching Playwriting: The Essential Handbook, a book we guarantee will provide you with everything you need to teach well structured and highly rewarding classes in playwriting, for only $39.

download scenes for kids and teensWith the purchase of this eBook you’ll receive:

✓  Instant download of a 108-page PDF eBook that will provide you with everything you need to successfully create plays with your students

✓  Permission to print and photocopy as much as you need for personal or classroom use

✓  A 30-day no-risk guarantee!

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““Not only are all of the activities well thought out and clear, but they are also useful in so many ways, not just for playwriting. They are great for getting to know your students and their interests and feelings, and also for teaching short story writing.”

Susan Frank, York Schools

“I really enjoyed this book. Very simple to teach from – very good insights, examples and usable in a classroom!”

Jennifer Peterson, Kids on Stage


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