Class will meet for 8 weeks, but not consecutively. Class Dates: Sep. 22, Oct. 6, 20, Nov. 3, 17, Designed for the writer who has an understanding of the basic skills (covered in Playwriting I), this course is the essential next step for playwrights who are serious about developing their craft. Writers are too close to their own works to accurately assess whether a script is working the way it was intended. Only by hearing the script read out loud, and by receiving feedback to that reading, can the writer truly gauge which parts of the script are on target and which parts need more attention. To accomplish this, students bring to class scripts they are working on, and those scripts are given readings followed by class discussions of the works. Students learn not only from the critiques of their own works, but also by critiquing the scripts of others. (For those who are experienced playwrights, Playwriting I is not a prerequisite to enroll in this class.) INSTRUCTOR BIO: RICH AMADA is an award-winning dramatist and Emmy-winning former TV journalist. His plays have been produced around the country, including in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Maryland; Florida; and Arizona. Currently one of the two D.C./Baltimore Regional Representatives of the Dramatists Guild, Rich has also been a member of the professional writers’ section of D.C.’s Playwrights Forum and twice president of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Playwrights. Among his eight playwriting awards are a Playwriting Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council. Rich also directs and acts. Additionally, he is an attorney whose practice includes counseling and representing people in the arts.