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with Lori Fischer

Perfect for writers of all experience levels!

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"PlayPenn is adept at knowing just what artists need to improve their projects. All the classes are led by top notch instructors who have made a name for themselves." Mark C.

Create compelling, detailed unforgettable characters with a NYU Playwriting Professor and Dramatists Guild Fellow Lori Fischer! What do Scarlett O’Hara, Lydia, Hamlet, DHH, Lena Younger, Blanche DuBois, and Troy Maxson have in common? All are great characters. Whether you are a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, or television writer, the ability to create compelling, unforgettable characters is key. Ultimately, it is the recognizable yet surprising and unique character that draws in readers and audience members and leads them forward. Through a combination of in-class exercises, lectures, reading, and writing assignments, learn how to create detailed, compelling characters. Course topics include the tools of character writing, story structure, theme, character, development, dialogue, conflict driven scene writing.

This class has limited seating to ensure that there is opportunity for individual attention.

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Class One: Creating Character Profiles

Class Two: Building Characters/It’s all in the Details

Class Three: What World Do Your Characters Inhabit?

Class Four: Creating a Strong Want/Dramatic Action

Class Five: Writing an Event Scene for Your Characters

Class Six: Writing a Conflict Scene for Your Characters

PREPARATION: None required.


WHEN: Monday nights, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24 from 7-9pm (EST)

Scheduling Conflict? We will record each class session and make it available to you on a private, view only (no download) site for 48 hours after each class session. This recording is only to be used by you for reference purposes and never to be shared. It will be deleted 48 hours after each session. This way, if you have to miss a session or two, you will still have access to information shared in class.

WHERE: Online. We will use for the online classes. It is a very simple system. You will receive a link prior to class. You click the link and you are taken to a site that has multiple boxes (much like The Brady Bunch opening credits) where you can see and chat with everyone in the class. You must have a working internet connection and a computer that has both speakers (so you can hear the teaching artist) and a microphone (so they can hear you; be advised, some computer systems require you to purchase a headset to use the microphone). If you would like to investigate the system before registering for the class, check out: We will cover the cost of using this system but you will be expected to be able to participate independently. If we need to share pages, we will do so using DropBox.

BIO: Lori Fischer is a New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Up next, her play Greener Pastures will be produced in 2017 at the Cumberland County Playhouse. Lori received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department. Recent Theater Credits: Lori and co-writer Don Chaffer’s musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers was produced at Capital Repertory Theatre and the Cumberland County Playhouse. Sparkley is a 2012 Richard Rogers Award finalist and is published by Samuel French. Lori is the author of the critically acclaimed musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen, which played at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse and finally Off-Broadway at The Lamb’s Theatre. Published by Samuel French. Is This Heaven, Evan by Lori Fischer, Don Chaffer and Lori Chaffer, produced in the BeSpoke Musicals Festival at The York Theatre Company, NYC. In 2017, Lori’s play Petie is getting produced in NYC. Lori’s work has also been seen at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival and the Capitol Fringe Festival. Film Credits: Lori is a 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding achievement in Screenwriting for her feature film Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste was also the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival as well as at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and an official selection at the 2014 Visionfest Film Festival, the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival, 2015 Seoul International Food Film Festival, 2015 New Filmmakers NYC. The film is distributed by Seed&Spark and is available on ITunes and Verizon FIOS.

(Above photo from Fischer's Barbara's Blue Kitchen at Cumberland Playhouse.)

SPECIAL OFFER: Staged Reading of Your New Play! In our continuing effort to provide support for our education students, if you sign up for a spring 2017 class by February 6, 2017 then you can apply for the opportunity to have one of your unproduced scripts given a public, professional staged reading in Philadelphia in the spring/summer of 2017. PlayPenn will cover the cost of the reading itself and promote it. The playwright will be responsible for all of their own costs including travel and housing. Complete details and directions on how to apply will be included in your class confirmation email after your registration is complete.

Questions? Email our Director of Education at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In very extreme circumstances, we may need to cancel a class for reasons beyond our control and will offer full refunds. Otherwise, classes are non-refundable. 

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