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Playwriting with Nina Morrison (in person Session 1 22) is a Course

Playwriting with Nina Morrison (in person Session 1 22)


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There is a separate application process for this course. If you have not been accepted into the Iowa Young Writers' Studio Summer Residential Program you are not eligible to enroll.



In this course, I care about quantity over quality. My hope for young writers is for all of you to turn out as many imperfect pages as possible during our time together. Every day we will read new work out loud and offer feedback. In critique, I use the Critical Response Process developed by dance-theatre artist Liz Lerman. CRP ensures artist-centered feedback. 

When we are not writing, we will be exploring form, generative techniques and object theatre. Students can expect an introduction to Aristotle’s Poetics, three-act structure, five-act structure, the Hero’s Journey, the Heroine’s Journey, the well-made play, and Brechtian techniques among others. I will offer prompts of varying degrees of complexity, and I will occasionally challenge students to create theatre without words using exercises from the Viewpoints method.


I will endeavor throughout to remind everyone (including myself) that we are surrounded by infinite sources of inspiration.


Nina Morrison is a playwright, screenwriter, director and teaching artist. She has presented work in New York City at Dixon Place, Fordham University, the HOT! Festival of Queer Performance, the NY International Fringe Festival, and the Little Theatre series, among others. Nina is working with Sita Girl Productions as a writer’s assistant and story consultant. Her play Féminaal was produced by the Grumble Theater in the Twin Cities. Nina was the Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer in Playwriting 2019-2020 at the University of Iowa. She was also the recipient of an artist’s residency at Dixon Place and a WORKSPACE writer’s residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. In addition to teaching at the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, she teaches playwriting at Chicago Dramatists, she is a lecturer in the University of Iowa’s Link Program and a creative writing instructor for the Belin-Blank Honors Center Summer Writing Residency. MFA Directing, MFA Playwrights Workshop from the University of Iowa.




The fee for this course, which includes the fee for the 2-week session of the Summer Residential Program, is $2,500. Payment in full is required to enroll in the course.


Note: Your credit card payment will be processed by an external provider and will appear on your credit card statement as “UI Writing—Magid Center."


Cancellation Policy: If you cancel or withdraw before June 1, 2022 a $100 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund. Thereafter no refunds are available. 




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