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Playwriting Lab


PLAYWRITING LAB | July 4 – 14, 2020

Instructed by Catherine Banks


Application Deadline: Apr. 15, 2020

The Shape of a Play: crafting moment by moment

is a facilitated retreat for six playwrights who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in playwriting, who may have had works produced, and who wish further development. The Playwriting Workshop will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques. There will be writing time, but please note that group participation is required. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion setting over a relaxed 10 days. Workshops and colloquium in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

A workshop for six participants. You do not need to be published to attend the playwriting workshop. Applications will be assessed on the quality of submitted material. Workshops and colloquium in other genres occur simultaneously on-site. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

Playwriting workshop application packages must include:

  • A brief letter outlining your writing project, including:
    – goals
    – where you are in your process
    – how you would work on your project while at Sage Hill
    – any other pertinent information
  • Twelve pages of your writing. The writing sample can be works-in-progress that you plan to develop while at Sage Hill (at least 7 pages), and/or samples of your produced or published work(s)
  • Your literary/dramatic CV

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Catherine Banks  Plays by Catherine Banks have been performed across Canada, Scotland, the US and Catalonia and include: Miss N’ Me; It Is Solved By Walking; Bone Cage; Three Storey, Ocean View; and Bitter Rose, which aired on Bravo! Canada. Her work has been described as poetic, darkly humorous, courageous, and beautifully theatrical. Bone Cage premiered in 2007, and went on to win the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama in 2008. It Is Solved By Walking won the Governor General’s Literary Award in 2012, was translated into Catalan by Tant per Tant, and was one of three Canadian plays to tour Catalonia in 2012. Catherine has adapted Ernest Buckler’s novel The Mountain and the Valley for the stage and she is writing two new plays, Downed Hearts and The King of Days. Catherine has taught playwriting at Dalhousie University and Sage Hill Writing.

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