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Essay Writing Practice--5 Paragraph Essays


1 Week Intro to Playwriting- Write a Ten Minute Play!

In this multi-day "camp", students will learn and practice the fundamentals of story structure, character, dialog, and script formatting. No experience required, this course is great for creative writers and students interested in theatre.
Charlie James Cote
14 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 8 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
85 minutes
per class
5x per week
over 1 week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will come away with an understanding of short play structure, formatting, and effective tools for discussing script analysis and new play development. 
I am a professional playwright and theatre artist. I have worked in new play development for six years, in Chicago, LA, and Atlanta. My writing has been produced and developed by Lambda Literary, Horizon Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, and others. I hold an interdisciplinary B.A. in Playwriting/Screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago, with a minor in acting. 
In addition to theatre, I have worked as a language arts tutor for an 8th grade student, as well as a student writing peer coach. 
Students will have a writing task to complete at the end of each lesson. Before the last class session, students will need to write an original ten minute play. Students should plan to spend an hour or two on independent writing each day, outside of class time. 
Students should plan to attend the class sessions using a device that includes a webcam and microphone. Aside from unexpected technical difficulties, students should be able to see and hear the class and participate in discussion. For this course to run effectively, it is not acceptable for students to "just listen," without being seen or heard from. Students will also need to be able to type their scripts. Proper script formatting cannot be achieved long-hand, and students will be sharing their work with myself and their classmates. Microsoft Word is highly recommended, though any word processor, including Google Docs, will suffice. Whatever software students use, they need to be able to type, save, share, and make edits to their work.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be no formal assessment. The goal of this camp is to explore the tools of playwriting, build confidence in writing, and provide a creative outlet for young writers and theatre artists. Throughout the course, students will receive feedback on their work from myself and their peers. This feedback is to support their creative vision and help each student tell the story they want to tell.
7 hours 5 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will be reading and (listening to!) a selection of excerpts and short plays. The plays selected are appropriate for a teen audience. Some of the plays include mildly challenging themes, including illness, family conflict, and adversity. 

Additionally, students will be encouraged to write on any topic that speaks to them. If parents would like to preview the reading list, or discuss any concerns with me, please feel free to be in touch. 
We will be reading short plays provided by The New Play Exchange, Scribd, and Playscripts, as well as listening to audio plays published by the podcasts Soundstage and Playing on Air. 


Charlie James CoteTheatre Artist + Writer + Educator
14 total reviews
19 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm Charlie! I'm a teaching artist based in Atlanta, GA. 
I have been involved in professional theatre for the past twenty years, beginning as a child actor and transitioning to a career mostly "behind the scenes." I graduated from Columbia... 
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