S112. How to Write a Play: The Basics

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


This workshop is designed for writers who would like to try their hand at writing at play and have never done so before. This panel of award-winning and produced playwrights will take you through the basics of plot, character, and dialogue, along with showing you tips and tricks on how to format your script. Panelists will cover everything from 10-minute plays to full lengths to one-person shows. We will also answer that important question "What next?" after you have your completed script in hand.


Andy Pederson's plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis, Vermont, and other places. A member of the Dramatists Guild and an alumnus of Goddard College’s MFA program, he is resident playwright of the Saltbox Theatre Collective. He teaches at Concordia University Chicago.

Craig Thornton's absurd play The High Cost of Heating was selected as the runner-up in the Yale Drama Series Prize for 2015. He has a BFA from NYU, MFA from Goddard College, and teaches dramatic writing at Syracuse University. His play In My Shoes was featured in a CNN news story.

Jayme McGhan's twenty-one full-length plays have been produced and developed across the country. He currently serves as the Director of the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from UNLV.

Deborah Jordan is Assoc. Professor of Theatre at Jacksonville University, FL. A thirty-year love affair with theatre has afforded her the opportunity to direct, act, and own two professional theatre companies. Her current play, Ian Stories or My Life in Hell is about raising a son with Asperger's Syndrome.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center