Playwriting Intensive

This eight-week online course is designed for writers who have mastered the basics of playwriting and wish to take their work to the next level. Participants will spend the course writing and revising a play-in-progress of their choice. We’ll devote our weekly sessions to workshopping and delving deep into craft techniques. We’ll also cover how to market ourselves and our work, the development process for new plays, and how to collaborate with directors and dramaturgs.

Prerequisites: While it is not necessary to have completed Essential Elements of Playwriting, participants should have some experience writing plays and participating in a workshop process.

Upcoming Sessions


Mondays, July 19 – September 13 (no class 9/6)

6:00pm – 8:00 pm (PT)

Classes held on Zoom

Tuition: $215

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Meet Your Instructor, Bridgette Dutta Portman

Bridgette Dutta Portman is a playwright and novelist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than two dozen of her plays have been produced locally, nationally, and overseas. She is past president of the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco and is currently a member of Same Boat Theater Collective, the Pear Writers’ Guild, the Pear Theatre board of directors, and the Dramatists’ Guild. She has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, the Theatre Bay Area TITAN award, the PlayPenn Conference, the Kentucky Women’s Theatre Conference Prize for Women Writers, the Henley Rose Competition, the New Dramatists playwrights’ residency, and more. She holds a PhD in political science (UC Irvine, 2011) and an MFA in creative writing (Spalding University, 2018). She lives in Fremont, CA with her husband and their two young children. 

Learn more about Bridgette at www.bridgetteduttaportman.com

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