Playwriting and Play Analysis: A Working Method | Newberry

Playwriting and Play Analysis: A Working Method

Led by Seth Wilson
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Six sessions, Saturdays, July 17 - August 21

10 am - 12 pm (Central Time)


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Seminar Description

This workshop will teach the principles of playwriting through script analysis. Topics will include dramatic action, exposition, characterization, and visual storytelling. Seminar participants will put their skills to work by creating a ten-minute play.

Six sessions. Registration – $230

Seth Wilson holds a PhD in theatre studies. He has more than a decade of experience in academic and professional theatres, including in the literary department of the Goodman.

Materials List


  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins.

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read Peter Shaffer’s one-act play Black Comedy.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, May 19th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning May 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.