Introducing Victory Gardens’ Writers Room: a professional development program for emerging and established playwrights in Chicago.

From Kristoffer Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize finalist The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety to Jeff Award-winning Luis Alfaro’s Mojada and Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ OBIE Award-winning Appropriate, Victory Gardens has a long and celebrated history of developing and producing new plays by some of the most dynamic voices in the American Theater.

We are excited to amplify our mission with The Writers’ Room — a series of classes and workshops designed to empower and equip a new generation of playwrights by providing both artistic and professional guidance.

The Writers’ Room will offer classes throughout the year taught by accomplished theatre professionals. We will provide a space for artists of all backgrounds to strengthen their creative skills, take risks, and elevate their work to the next level.

For more information, please email writersroom@victorygardens.org


Mondays*. 8 weeks. 8 sessions.
Sept 18 – Nov 8
Class size: 6-10 students
Cost: $360 per student

Students will read and discuss new work by some of the most exciting voices in the American Theater, complete weekly writing exercises, and receive personalized feedback from Victory Gardens Theater Artistic Associate, Isaac Gomez. This is the ideal class for playwrights who want to keep building and sharpening their skills, perfect for those considering graduate school, ideal for playwrights who are interested in exploring a different aspect of their voice or looking for a creative jump-start to begin a new play.

*Two classes will take place on the Wednesday of that week: October 11th and November 8th.

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Tuesdays and Thursdays. 3 weeks. 6 classes.
September 19 – October 5
Class Size: 6-10 students
Cost: $190 per student

With a fast-paced focus on the business of playwriting, this class hones in on acquiring the professional tools needed to get your work out there. Chicago playwright Ike Holter (Prowess, Hit the Wall, The Wolf at the End of the Block) helms this tutorial, covering how to package your work, how to create a compelling artist statement, how to target your submissions to theaters that will respond to your voice, and a behind the scenes look at how literary managers and artistic directors evaluate scripts and plan seasons. Invaluable for playwrights of all levels of experience and at every stage of their career.

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Thursday, October 12 & Saturday, October 14
Total Hours: 8
Class Size: 6-8 students
Cost: $125 Per Student

From the solo writer-performer of A Little Bit Not Normal, this hands-on two-day intensive will focus on how to develop your unique storytelling style. Through one-on-one coaching, group exercises, and experimentation, students will learn how to gather material, present it with confidence, and find the style that best suits them. Whether you want to perform onstage or tell a good story at Thanksgiving Dinner this intensive provides the tools and techniques. Open to all levels.

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Keep an eye out for pop-up writing intensives throughout the year, taught by Victory Gardens artists and some of the most exciting voices in the American Theater. In these weekend intensives, our guest artists will offer an intimate, inside look at their artistic process and share most valuable lessons they’ve learned about playwriting and collaboration.