Discovering the Play in Playwriting

with Miriam Tobin

Genres: Reading, Writing for Performance

In Person

Open to all levels

6 Sessions

Start Date: April 25, 2024
End Date: May 30, 2024
Day of Week: Thursday
Time: 7:10 pm - 9:10 pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
General Price: $386.00

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This playwriting class is for both beginners and more experienced playwrights. Students will come away with a completed short play and a better understanding of how to hone their imagination into a structured piece of dramatic writing. Each week, we'll explore a different playwriting element, including structure, characters, setting, action, and style. Lessons will be a combination of readings, interactive conversations, and generative writing exercises. As students work on their short plays, there will be time to share and receive guided feedback. The only requirements are an open mind and a sense of play. Writers of all genres are welcome!


Class format:

  • Generative Writing: students create new work during class or from assignments.
  • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Both peer and Instructor feedback given.
  • 1-2 hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Miriam Tobin

Miriam Tobin


Miriam BC Tobin (she|her) is a Seattle-based playwright, theatre artist, and writing instructor. She has performed on stages across the US and Europe and has taught drama to youth in Seattle, NYC, Denver, and on a farm in the Czech Republic. She founded MBCT; Modern But Classical Theatre in NYC to de- and re-construct classic plays into highly physical adaptations. Her play The War of Women received a roundtable reading at The Lark and several of her plays premiered at Goddard College’s Ten-Minute Play festival. Honors & awards include a Hedgebrook residency, PEN Writing Scholarship, Newington-Cropsey Fellowship, the London Dramatic Academy Fellowship, and she was a Pipeline Theatre PlayLab semi-finalist. Miriam was the fall 2020 Editor-in-Chief of The Pitkin Review and is currently a dramatic writing editor with The Clockhouse. Her work appears in multiple issues of The Pitkin and Smith & Kraus. Miriam also runs SCRiB LAB, a writing organization aimed at creating community through experimentation.

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

Early bird discounts are available during the first two weeks of registration and apply to both general and member tuition rates.

To help provide financial accessibility to our class offerings, some classes each quarter are offered with a sliding-scale tuition model, allowing students to pay what they can for the class. For these classes, tuition increments starting at $5 and going up to 125% of the standard pricing will be listed on the page.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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