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The Young Playwrights Unit is a FREE training experience for young people (22 and under) who are curious and passionate about play-making.

We take a page from our professional play development programs to offer a group of dedicated young creators a rigorous context in which to develop some of their first works.

What the YPU Offers:

• Weekly writing sessions, with instructors Paula Wing and Caitie Graham, will provide an opportunity for guided material generation and revision through creation, discussion and critique.
• Exercises and assignments will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of each participant.
• A strong dramaturgical relationship will be established between playwrights and instructors for the duration of the YPU (January-June 2019).
• Participants will be connected with various theatre professionals.
• Participants will be given FREE tickets to Tarragon shows.
• Each play will receive a workshop with a professional director.
• Each play will be read publicly at the conclusion of the Unit.

Submission Requirements:

• Applicants must be aged 22 or under as of December 2018.
• Applicants must be available to attend weekly writing sessions at Tarragon Theatre between January and May (Sunday mornings).
• Applicants must be prepared to do a substantial amount work between writing sessions, in order to meet regular deadlines.

What to Submit:

• A letter of intent (max 1pg single-spaced), outlining the play you intend to develop with the YPU. Include a brief synopsis of the piece, a description of where you think you’re at with it, and an overview of what you’d like to explore in the Unit.
• A writing sample (max 10pgs double-spaced), either from the play you intend to develop with the YPU, or from a previous work.
• Please submit via email to:

More information on past units can be found here


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