Writers’ Bloc

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Grades 7-12
Downtown Toronto (Fall & Winter)

Theatre for youth by youth! Students learn numerous script-building skills in order to write their own play. The student playwrights will exchange feedback as they workshop drafts of their scripts, receive dramaturgical input from professional theatre artists on staff, and interview playwrights from YPT’s 2017/18 Season. The program culminates in the opportunity to work with a professional director and hear their plays read aloud for an invited audience. (Limited to 8 students)

Writers’ Bloc meet on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, downtown at YPT.

Fall Term 2017 Winter Term 2018
September 26 January 9
October 3 January 16
October 10 January 23
October 17 January 30
October 24 February 6
October 31 February 13
November 7 February 20
November 14 February 27
November 21 Writers’ Bloc Presentation Evening 
Thursday March 1
November 28
December 5


Download a copy of the class schedule here.

Writers’ Bloc 2016 (L-R): Kaitlin Haggert, Briana Brown (Writers’ Bloc Facilitator), Grace Walton & Mercedes Villanueva MacDonald. Photo by Fran Ruelke.

Congratulations to Writers’ Bloc alumnus Grace Walton for winning the B.J. Castleman award for Outstanding Original Play at this year’s Sears Drama Festival! Grace developed her play, As Impossible as Eating Noodles Out of a Jug during her participation in Writers’ Bloc 2016. Her play focuses on the hardships of growing up with familial and religious pressures, and the challenges that come with finding your own freedom. As part of her prize, Grace will have to opportunity to have a writing session with playwright and director, Ken Gass. Grace’s play has also been nominated for The Wayne Fairhead New Play Award.


Bursaries for the Drama School and Writers’ Bloc are funded in part by a generous donation from Ada Slaight.

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Questions? Contact us at 416.363.5131 x 235 or dsassistant(at)youngpeoplestheatre.ca.