In this course, we will explore methods for using our senses both to inspire our writing and to create plays that engage an audience’s faculties and imagination. Through writing exercises tailored to creating text that is meant to be spoken and lived in, participants will create writing that is inspired by images, objects, music, and food that they share with the class. In this way, we will explore the various methods of being engaged in stories and ideas, and the various ways that we can engage others in our ideas and stories. The session will break down into four segments: Sight, Sound, Taste, and Touch. We will spend the first week of each segment exploring our inspiration, and then, in subsequent weeks, we will present the writing we’ve produced, developing the work and offering feedback. This is not a class that will teach the basics of playwriting structure. This is a rigorous writing class that will explore the descriptive possibilities of writing for performance. Authors we will read will include Maria Irene Fornes, John Cage, Yoko Ono, and Ralph Lemon.