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Playwriting Lab

PLAYWRITING LAB | July 4 – 14, 2020

Instructed by Catherine Banks

Summer programs will be offered online due to COVID-19.

Applications For the Adult Summer Courses are Now Closed.

Application Fee: $25
Tuition: $595

The Shape of a Play: crafting moment by moment

is a facilitated course for six playwrights who wish to further develop their playwriting skills and may have had works produced. You do not need to be published to attend. The course will focus on works in progress and will combine group discussion, writing time, and individual critiques. Instruction occurs within a deep-immersion setting over 10 days. Application is open to writers 19 years of age and older from Canada and abroad.

“Catherine Banks was an excellent instructor for our workshop. She is generous with her knowledge, kind but tough, perceptive, and organized. She respected everyone’s place in the development process. I have nothing but respect for Catherine and feel grateful to have worked with her at this point in my practice. She’s a fabulous writer & instructor.”
     – Katherine Lawrence, 2017 Playwriting Lab Alum

“Catherine Banks was beyond my wildest dreams good. The perfect balance of meeting me where I’m at, nurturing me forward and being kind and knowledgeable all the while. And a 2-time GG winner! What the what! We are so lucky here. My plays grew by leaps and bounds and so did I. I liked the discussion of the business of playwriting – how to get produced, the steps, the pitfalls to avoid. It was an invaluable 10 days.”
     – Brita Lind, 2017 Playwriting Lab Alum

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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photo credit Heidi Hamilton

 with 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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