48. TOPIC: Creating Play Titles

In this episode, Sam and Sarah discuss creating titles for our plays. We share some of our favorite titles and discuss why we like certain play titles and why we do not like others. We look at how we create titles for our own work and be inspired by others. Check this episode out and…

42. TOPIC: Writing Non-Human Characters

Writing non-human characters…Why do some playwrights bring non-human characters to life? What’s the draw? What do we achieve when we place human ideas, thoughts, and emotions into a non-human character? Is there a place for it in a serious adult drama? Find out in this episode as we attempt to figure it out! LISTEN TO…

39. TOPIC: Writing Monologues

What the heck are monologues? Don’t get it confused with the “kissing disease”. In this episode, we discuss the different kinds of monologues in plays, what are they for, what makes a good monologue for a play vs. a standalone monologue, how to write one and when do we use them in our plays. LISTEN…

37. TOPIC: Writing Playwright Bios

At some point, playwrights will have to write their biographies. Whether it be for a personal website or to submit themselves to a development opportunity, or even when writing a program for a produced play– We discuss why we have to write bios, why do we write them the way we do, and can we…

35. TOPIC: Submission Fees

A hot topic issue for so many playwrights. We look at the fees to different development opportunities and weigh the pros and cons. LISTEN TO EPISODE 35: SUBMISSION FEES HERE HELPFUL LINKS:Dramatists Guild – DG Statement: Festival Guidelineswww.dramatistsguild.com/news2/ “TO PAY FEES OR NOT TO PAY FEES… HERE IS MY ANSWER ” by Donna Hokeblog.donnahoke.com/finally-my-take…sion-fees-ymmv/ _____________________________________________…

33. TOPIC: How Do We Teach Playwriting?

How do we teach playwriting? How do we teach writing in general? In this episode, we discuss what we think are best practices, writing exercises, approaches to workshopping students’ new plays, and how do we grade creative work. LISTEN to EPISODE 33: How Do We Teach Playwriting here If teaching playwriting is something you’re passionate…

31. TOPIC: When is Self-Promotion Too Much?

As playwrights and writers, we must be able to talk about ourselves and our work. In this episode, we get into the idea of self-promotion… the good, the bad, and the ugly. Listen to Episode 31: When is Self-Promotion Too Much? _____________________________________________ Please support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode to your friends, or…

27. TOPIC: Plays that Haunt Us

What are the plays that have haunted you? In this episode, we discuss plays that we have seen or read that’s stuck with us long after they’ve been seen or read. The plays can also be the ones you haven’t written yet and are stewing in your mind or the ghost-twins of the plays you…

24. TOPIC: Formatting Plays

Listeners, sometimes you gotta learn the format to break it. In this episode, we discuss the standard format for playwriting, different writing programs to use for playwriting, and what we love (or sometimes we don’t love) about the format. Listen to Episode 24: Formatting Plays here. Please support Beckett’s Babies by reviewing, sharing an episode…