Emerson said: “In skating over thin ice our safety is our speed.” The same is true in this course as beginning playwrights will read and write a number of one-act plays in multiple styles and genres. There will be numerous writing exercises that focus on writing short plays and monologues. The exercises will focus on specific issues of craft, form, or genre. Playwrights will also be reading short plays from classic and contemporary authors (Anton Chekov, Vaclav Havel, Fernando Arrabal, Albee, Lynne Nottage, etc.) The objective is to challenge playwrights to venture out onto the thin ice of their own creativity (both stylistic and personal). We will achieve this by working quickly and by whetting our skates with questions of form and structure.