Friday, October 23, 2009

Young Playwrights Readings at NYU

Here is a great opportunity for young playwrights (up to age 18) in New Jersey, Connecticut, and NYC, and the surrounding areas in New York State. The submission deadline is VERY soon, but if you've got a 10-minute script lying around, or something that you wrote for the NJ Young Playwrights Festival last year (or the year before), send it in!



Spread the word...
NYU's Program in Educational Theatre is seeking 10-minute plays from young playwrights (up to age 18)

The Run Down...
- Interested young playwrights should contact Amy Cordileone at to receive a submission form.

- A completed submission form and script must be emailed to Amy at to be considered for the Festival. The submission deadline is October 30.

- Selected playwrights will be notified of acceptance by November 3.

- Young playwrights will work with a playwriting mentor from NYU on Friday evening (Nov 12, 7-10 pm) and all day Saturday (Nov 14, 10 am -10 pm)

- The plays will be featured in a showcase on Saturday evening, at 7:30 pm, in the Pless Hall Student Lounge (open to the public). Plays will be performed and directed by members of the NYU community!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Let the Writing Begin Again!

Welcome back! To school, to the blog, to the act of writing a play. I hope that your summer ended on a good note and that the return to school has been successful.

Students in the Madison and Cranford Schools returned to the annual Madison and Cranford Young Playwrights Programs over the past few weeks. There is some phenomenal turnout in both programs, particularly at the schools where students saw their plays performed in the NJ Young Playwrights Festival in May. We wish those students all the best as they begin to create their new scripts this year. I hope that you have begun your writing, too!

Remember, you do not need to wait for the January deadlines to submit your work. Submissions are currently being accepted at the Contest website - We already have a couple in, so feel free to drop your's off, too (via internet and email, of course).

I'll be back with some writing exercises over the next few weeks. Hopefully these will help you along as you write. In the meantime, brainstorm some ideas that you would like to write about. See if you can at least get a main character in mind. The next exercise will focus on developing characters. So until then...

Happy writing!