You Write the Story: Playwriting for Young Artists (Creative Writing; 4 Weeks)

In this 4-week course, students will learn the ins and outs of playwriting as they create their own 5-page play.
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60 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn: creating a character; giving characters unique voices; establishing settings; establishing a story arc; creating action; giving constructive feedback; public speaking; creative writing.
Students will receive homework following each lesson that both reinforces their learning for that week and prepares them for the following class.

Week 1: For homework, students are to create a second character to accompany the character they created in class. Students should go into as much detail as possible when creating this character. Please write a short monologue for this character in which they introduce themself and identify their relationship to the character created in class.

Week 2: For homework, students are to create a one- to two-page dialogue between their characters in which the setting plays a major role in the conversation. For example, if the two characters are siblings, perhaps one sibling entered the bedroom of the other sibling without permission, which leads to an argument. In this example, the conversation is occurring because the setting created the conflict.

Week 3: Students will use all of their previous work to create their 5-page scene/play. This writing may be self-contained or may become part of a larger work. Students should strive to have a clear throughline, a defined conflict, rising action, a climax, and falling action/conclusion. They may use their 1-2 page scene from Week 2 as a foundation for this assignment.
Students will need something to write with during class (paper & pen or digital) as well as for homework. Throughout the course, I will provide templates and class re-caps, which can be accessed on a computer and may assist in completing weekly writing tasks.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
While students will not be graded, they will receive consistent feedback on their writing. As playwrights, we never indicate whether something is 'good' or 'bad'. Rather, we comment on areas we enjoyed and ask questions about areas that need clarity. As teacher, I will provide students with feedback regarding their progress week to week, including their final play.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.


Chrissy Healey
Lives in the United States
Seasoned Thespian and Bunny Mom bringing the performing arts to you!
5 total reviews
4 completed classes

About Me

Hi! My name is Chrissy Healey, and I am so excited to teach you all about the performing arts!

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