Young Playwright Course

Stimulate Your Child’s Wild Imagination by Writing a One Act Play

Taught by award winning writer/director
Karl J. Niemiec

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Course price: To be announced.
Limited to 10 Writers Per Class
1 hour Class for Five Weeks.
Sixth Class-Table Top Readings.
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Inspiring the Next Generation of Great American Playwrights

I first developed the simple process of turning outlines into stage plays and screenplays at UCLA Extension. But the full ability to teach the process to others wasn’t finally realized until the advent of the personal computer.  This unique play writing course uses the same reformatting process found in my course book: “Prolific Screenwriter.”  This is both a How To and a Writing Faster Course. In this course, I teach Young Playwrights how to turn their outlines into the New York Stage Play Structure in five easy steps.  I also have an association with The Artists’ Studio to direct a selected play from the Young Playwright Course.

Understanding how to use this simple reformatting process will inspire your student to write more often, and will broaden their chances to become part of the next generation of Great American Playwrights.

All Young Playwrights will take part in Table Top discussion and partial readings of their plays. Parents welcomed. Cover production ideas and publishing.

All Copyrights to the plays will belong to the Young Playwrights.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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What is a One-Act Play?  In this course we will aim for 30 minute plays.A one-act play is a play that takes place, from beginning to end, in a single act.An “act” is a unit of time within a drama during which a portion of the story unfolds. The length of time for an act ranges from 30 to 60 minutes – although they can be shorter or longer.  In this course we will aim for 30 minutes.Full-length plays are usually between 2 to 5 acts in length. The number of acts used depends on how the writer has structured his or her play.Before the 18th century, plays were often written in 5 acts. Since then, it has been common to find dramas, films and operas following a classic 3-act structure.

In the classic 3-act structure, each act reveals a portion of the story. Act 1 is introductory – introducing characters, location, and the setting the scene for the story. Act 2 reveals the conflict or obstacle that the main character/s faces. Act 3 involves the climax of the story and its resolution.

What makes good one-act plays deceptively tricky to write is that all this “stuff” (introduction, obstacle, resolution) is achieved within a very short time frame, and must be handled in a believable way.

While one-act plays have only one act, they can contain more than one scene.

A scene is like a division of an act, in which a certain portion of the play unfolds. Scenes are usually separated by location (in the bedroom, at the dinner table), or time (e.g. in the morning, then the following evening).

How many scenes there are, again, depends on how the writer has structured the play.

One-act plays can range from one minute to one hour long.

With the rise in popularity of writing competitions, 10 minute one-act plays have become very popular of late (also known as “Flash Drama”) in which the writer is given a limited time period in which to write a 10 minute play, incorporating specified elements, such as 2-3 characters, a certain prop, a line of dialogue, or some form of set.

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