Playwriting - A Workshop for Veterans with Julie Jensen


Many people think that writing is strange and mystical, the product of inspiration. It is actually hard work, like weeding a garden or stacking hay in a field. Julie JensenOften it involves repetition, just like that hard day’s work, because understanding how a piece of writing works involves several times through it.

Led by professional playwright Julie Jensen, this is a class in the nuts and bolts of writing for the theatre, how to make a short play work, how to make it say what you want it to. We will work with dialogue, character, and story structure, and we’ll also try some experimental techniques for making the play more original and surprising.

In each class session, we will do some group work and some individual writing work. The majority of the time will be spent listening and responding to one another’s work. Participation is greatly important, because we are each other’s actors, audience, critics, and fellow artists.

Some of the work will be given a public reading by professional actors at Salt Lake Acting Company on April 24 at 6 PM.

As we move through this process, we will keep in mind always that our job is to encourage one another to become better writers and more effective storytellers. We will strive, therefore, to create a cooperative group, supportive and understanding, helpful and honest. All things writers need and want.

WORKSHOP DATES: This 4-week class meets Tuesdays, February 28 through March 21

TIME: 4 - 7 PM



COST: $10 (includes supplies)

To inquire about fee reductions or accessibility accommodations, please contact

TO REGISTER, please contact Heather Brown:
or 801-582-1565, ext. 1559


Julie Jensen,is a professional playwright with more than 50 productions of her work in the United States and abroad and she is also the recipient of countless prestigious writing awards. Most recently, Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) presented the National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere production of Jensen’s newest play WINTER, which ran from October 12 – November 13, 2016.

Jensen has taught playwriting at five universities, directed a graduate playwriting program, and has written a book on the craft. She is currently the Resident Playwright at Salt Lake Acting Company, board member of the College of
Fellows of the American Theatre, and the Regional Representative of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Event Properties

Event Date 02-28-2017 4:00 pm
Event End Date 02-28-2017 7:00 pm
Capacity 12
Available place 10
Individual Price $10.00

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