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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Adult Playwriting Classes Begin this Monday!

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Adult Playwriting Classes Begin this Monday!

John PietrowskiJust a reminder that our adult playwriting class with playwright and WTNJ Artistic Director, John Pietrowski (photo), kicks off its Winter session this coming Monday. John's play, Dura Mater, earned him a Literary Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2012, and he has over thirty years of experience working with some of the country's top playwrights on the development of their new plays.

The class, which meets Mondays from 7 PM until 10 PM, will run from next Monday, January 18th through April 2nd.  (There is no class on March 5th.)

Click the button below for more information or to register for the class.

Adult Playwriting

Speaking of playwriting, Sheli Paige Frank, one of our New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival winners from 2010 has just earned her first freelance byline in the New York Times, as, last week, the paper published a piece she wrote. Sheli had this to say to us about her experience with our NJ Young Playwrights Festival:
"I’ll always be grateful to NJ Young Playwrights.
Yours was the first writing competition I ever entered, the first play I ever wrote, and the first outside confirmation I was given that I had the talent and ability to be a writer of any sort. It also bears mentioning I never would have known about your competition nor thought to enter without the never-ending support and encouragement of my amazing high school English teacher, Dana Holley Maloney.
Thank you for remembering me and my play, and for all the work you do to give confidence to and support the next generation of writers."

Finally, the photo above was taken this past weekend at the New Jersey Thespian Festival and is of one of our playwriting workshops there. WTNJ Director of Education, Jim DeVivo, led several workshops over the course of the weekend and two WTNJ actors performed the participant's plays and provided professional feedback at this, the final workshop.
One of the actors shared this with us about his experience:

"The students' comments were insightful, intelligent, and useful, giving the other young playwrights valuable feedback with which to improve their work. Also remarkable was the love with which the critiques were delivered - there were no cutting, snide remarks, but instead each criticism came with encouragement and compliments."

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