Unleash the Writer Within with Amy Witting

640 433 Play Penn

We all have stories to tell, but how do we unlock our creative potential to tell them?

This workshop provides you with a series of exercises geared toward pushing past your fear and embracing your unique voice. Identifying our blocks and resting on the page, each student will walk away with tools to help push them forward on their unique journey as a writer. Led by a self-taught playwright and TV/film writer, this workshop is open to all writers. This course will help jumpstart your writing as you begin your own play, TV pilot, or screenplay.

November 10 – 11, 1-5pm

Young Playwrights Independence Foundation Learning Lab (1219 Vine Street, 2nd Floor)

Amy E. Witting finally admits she is from New Jersey, although she now resides in Sunnyside, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and her MFA in playwriting from Hunter College. Her plays include The House on the Hill (Atlantic Theater Inaugural LAUNCH Commission, NNPN National Showcase, CATF World Premiere), Anne Page Hates Fun (ASC Upcoming World Premiere), The Midnight Ride of Sean & Lucy (Roundabout Underground Workshop featuring Elisabeth Moss & Bryce Pinkham, Semi-finalist 2017 O’Neil Playwrights Conference), Day 392 (The Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop, Hunter Playwrights Week, Honorable Mention Kilroy’s List), and A Bad Night: A Documentary Play About Consent (MTC’s Creative Center, June Havoc Theatre, Upcoming NY Rep Workshop). She has received a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, NEA Grant, The Anne Freedman Grant, and winner of the 2018 Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Prize. Her plays have been developed at Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Pipeline PlayLAB, Tofte Lake Center, Unicorn Theatre, NJ Rep, National New Play Network, and The Kennedy Center.  She is currently under commission from The Queens Council on the Arts for her upcoming project Sunnyside Impressions.  While she is not writing, Amy is busy working in the New York Public School system as a Teaching Artist where she most recently curated an original play about young immigrants called Catch Me in America.



Register Here

When you register for a PlayPenn class before September 25, 2018, you’ll be invited to submit your unproduced, full-length play for consideration for a professional staged reading. PlayPenn will produce one student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn dramaturg in Philadelphia in the spring/summer of 2019. Only plays that have not had a professional production or reading will be considered. PlayPenn will cover the cost of the reading, but the student is responsible for their own housing and transportation. If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you after September 25, along with a submission form.


Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all classes and register for this course. For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email classes@playpenn.org.

“There is always more to learn and the faculty for the PlayPenn workshops are seasoned, intelligent, thoughtful instructors who make sure that beginners and more experienced writers get something out of the classes.”

-Barbara B., 2018 Student

“I enjoyed being in a room with such gifted people who were just as excited about theater and playwriting as the teacher.”

-Patricia P., 2018 Student