Write On!

Entry Info

Now accepting submissions for Write On 2016!

Online Entry Form

Download Printable Application

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. More information about program dates coming soon!

Apply online above, or download the printable application and send to Aurelia Clunie, Education Associate for Student Audiences:

Email: aclunie@hartfordstage.org Subject: WRITE ON
Fax: 860-244-0183
Mail: Aurelia Clunie, Hartford Stage Education, 50 Church St., Hartford, CT 06103.

Questions? Email aclunie@hartfordstage.org, or call 860-520-7255.

  • * indicates required field.
  • Name*full name
  • Email*a valid email address
  • Home Address*street address
  • City*city
  • State*your state
  • Zip Code*your zip code
  • Phone Number*Your home phone
  • Your School*School name
  • Grade Level*select your current grade
  • Teacher Reference
    Please list one reference, preferably an English or Drama teacher who can recommend
    your participation in Write On.
  • Reference Name*full name
  • Reference Phone Number*your reference's phone number
  • Reference Email*your reference's email address
  • Your Idea*Tell us about your idea
  • How did you find out about this program?*
  • Why did you choose to submit to Write On?*
  • What interests you about playwriting?*
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Write On

What is Write On?

Write On is Hartford Stage’s Annual Young Playwrights’ Competition and is open to all Connecticut residents in grades 9-12. From among these applicants, 5-6 are selected to participate in the program. The program is modeled on Hartford Stage’s new play development process, and Write On playwrights have the unique opportunity to learn about professional play development first-hand. Accepted students will work with a professional playwright to turn their ideas into ten-minute play scripts. Over the next few months, the playwright will lead students in intensive writing workshops held at Hartford Stage. The program will culminate with readings of the ten-minute plays performed by local actors and directed by professional directors who work closely with the young playwrights.

 Need Inspiration?

Try picking up a newspaper, logging on to a news organization’s website, or looking through a magazine.

  • What people, places, and events grab your attention?
  • What stories do the photos and advertisements tell?
  • Who are the characters? Is there anyone or anything that piques your interest? 
  • If you see something that speaks to you, consider the reason why. How does it connect to you and your life?

 Ask yourself these questions when drafting your idea:

  • What am I trying to say with this play?
  • What do I want the audience to know, understand, or wonder?
  • Does my idea contain a clear conflict?
  • Can I explore this topic in a 10-minute format?