Finding Drama in History for Playwrights

Saturday, October 7 - 10:00 AM

History has a reputation for being dull or intimidating. To those working outside of academia and museums, history as a field may appear exclusive or even cultish. But history is for everyone! It's storytelling throughout the ages and who doesn't crave a good story? With elements like narrative, memory, and interpretation, history inherently has theatrical qualities. This workshop aims to invite playwrights and other creative writers into the world of history and make them feel welcome. History lovers, whether history professionals or not, who are interested in writing for the stage, are also welcome. 


Students will learn:

the differences between primary and secondary sources and why this matters for playwrights
how to find and record oral histories for playwriting purposes
how to research archival photographs, postcards, and other image-based materials for information and inspiration as playwrights
how to research archival letters, newspapers, and other text-based materials for information and inspiration as playwrights
• how to find books, documentaries, podcasts, and other media for research to inform their plays
how to use play and storytelling games to open up their imaginations and discover new possibilities for their playwriting


Students will receive:

• Feedback and encouragement during the workshop

• A take-home list of historical materials for research & inspiration 

• A take-home list of resources for playwriting opportunities

• The option of emailing the instructor questions after the workshop


Instructor: Christine Stoddard

Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


WriterHouse, Inc.

Date / Time

Saturday, October 7, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


(434) 282-6643
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