Course Description

This course consists of practical writing exercises that help to develop a script and includes encounters with professionals from the industry, such as Tarragon playwrights-in-residence. The class will be geared towards people who have a script they want to develop, and exercises and assignments will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of participants. Sessions will provide an opportunity for guided material generation and revision through creation, discussion and critique.

Note: Participants will be expected to meet regular writing deadlines, and to read their work aloud in class.

To Enroll

Please contact: education@tarragontheatre.com with a one-page proposal outlining the play you would like to develop over the course of this class. Include a brief synopsis of the piece, a description of where you think you’re at with it, and an overview of what you’d like to explore in class.  Registration is limited.

Applications are due by : August 28th, 2019.

Cost (includes HST)

$550 Regular
and $440 Equity/Artist discount

Note: Once a participant has been approved to join the course, their spot will not be reserved until the theatre has received a 20% deposit.

Fall 2019 Dates & Times: 8 classes from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

  • September 17th
  • September 24th
  • October 1st
  • October 8th
  • October 15th
  • November 12th
  • November 19th
  • November 26th

Instructor Bio

Paula Wing is an actor, playwright and translator whose work has been produced across Canada and the U.S. 2018 was a banner year for Paula as her original play Risky Phil made its world premiere at Young Peoples Theatre,her translation of Stefano Massini’s Intractable Woman had its U.S. premiere at The Play Company in New York City to rave reviews and her children’s musical The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate toured Eastern Ontario with Thousand Islands Playhouse. Her adaptation of Ben Rice’s “Pobby and Dingan” was published through the Kennedy Centre and Dramatists Play Service in the U.S. in 2016, and her “Canadianization” of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist for Soulpepper Theatre won a Best Production Dora in 2015.

Paula has taught playwriting nationally and internationally. She has a long and cherished association with the Tarragon, running playwriting classes and working with their Young Playwrights Unit. She is a sessional professor of Acting as well as Drama and Education at the University of Windsor, and a Resident Artist at Soulpepper, where she writes program notes for the company and is active in their community programming initiatives. In 2019-20, Paula will be the Playwright-in-Residence at Rose Avenue and Sprucecourt Elementary Schools, helping students to create their own short plays through Young Peoples Theatre.