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"The Play's the Thing": Introduction to Playwriting

This course is designed for those who have always wanted to write a play but never knew how or believed they could. Under the guidance of Alexandria Haber, a Montreal-based, award-winning playwright, actor, and teacher, students will spend time each week on exercises that focus on essential aspects of playwriting—how to create and develop a character, what difference the setting makes, how to use dialogue to move the action forward. By the end of the course, each student will have created a short play, scene, or monologue that will be performed by well-known Montreal actors.

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  • develop the ability to create characters, settings, dialogue, and monologue
  • learn how to incorporate overheard conversation and day-to-day experience into fictional works
  • produce a finished scene, monologue, or short play


Topics covered include:

  • strategies for getting started
  • integrating observation exercises
  • character development
  • scene setting
  • use of dialogue and monologue to move the play forward

Who Should Attend

  • Novice writers with a serious interest in writing plays for stage, screen, and radio
  • Members of the general public who would like to try their hand at this genre


A graduate of Concordia’s Specialization in Theatre Performance program, Ms. Alexandria Haber is a Montreal-based, award-winning playwright, actor, theatre teacher, and short-story writer. She has written numerous plays for both the stage and radio, and has also adapted works of fiction for the stage. Her stage plays have been produced at the Geordie and Centaur theatres and at the Montreal Fringe Festival. Her awards include winner of the CBC Radio New Voices Competition (2002) for The Very Little Girl, winner of the 1998 CBC Radio Sound FX contest for Washing Day, and winner of the 2004 QWF-CBC short story contest for Loved. Her most recent play, Life Here After, was selected as the 2009 winner of Infinite Theatre’s Write-on-Q! playwriting competition.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be made in writing on-line:  click here to cancel. Please note that you will be required to quote your registration reference number. 

If you cannot attend the course but wish to send someone in your place you must make a request for the substitution in writing to mwc [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

The following cancellation policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 cancellation fee
Within 7 days prior to the start date: No refund; however, the instructor may allow you to attend specific classes.

If no notice is given prior to the start of the course and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

The MWC reserves the right to cancel this course up to 5 days prior to the event.

Contact Information

Telephone:  514-398-7109
Email: mwc [at] mcgill [dot] ca