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Beginner's Guide: Playwriting 8 Week Course Online: SOLD OUT

Beginner's Guide: Playwriting 8 Week Course Online: SOLD OUT

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  • Mon 28 Jun, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 5 Jul, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 12 Jul, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 19 Jul, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 26 Jul, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 2 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 9 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Mon 16 Aug, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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Virtual Location, Online, Virtual


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Online Workshop Ticket: $225.00
  • Online Workshop Combo: $385.00
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Every week you'll meet for informative lectures, writing exercises and discussions about your work. You'll learn the language of theatre from a pro.

You'll explore how to structure a story for a play, how to develop your characters, build an imaginary world and discover the story engine that drives everything.

As part of the course, you'll be working on your play ideas and can expect to leave with a significant piece of completed work. Gary is a generous tutor who will guide you through the process and give you friendly, insightful feedback.

NB: Numbers are strictly limited to 12 participants.

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Gary is an award-winning New Zealand playwright, dramaturg, director and theatre writing teacher whose work is produced and published locally and internationally. He has taught courses at Unitec, AUT, Auckland University, and the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.

His most recent premiere was his acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Shepherd” at the Court Theatre in 2015. He has written his latest new play The “Breath of Silence” for the Court Theatre and adaptation “Things That Matter” for Auckland Theatre Company – opening August 2021.

"I learned everything I know about writing plays from Gary - his teaching is clear and so practical. In fact, my latest play "The Campervan" was born during one of his classes." Kathryn Burnett ( Mike & Virginia, Bowled Over, The Campervan.)

How This Course Works:
Over 8 weeks Gary Henderson delivers a weekly two-hour class at 7pm via Zoom. (Recordings will available if you have to miss one - or just want to review the session.)

Course Schedule:
- The language of theatre and finding a story
- Characters - the other way of making people!
- Conflict - the duel, the engine of your story
- Building it so it won’t fall down - story, plot, structure
- Going live-action and dialogue
- It’s perfect - now make it better. Facing the second draft
- Say it without saying it: exposition and subtext
- Building your world and getting it on in the real one

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