Reaching The Write Minds

In-school writing workshop

REACHING THE WRITE MINDS is a playwriting workshop in your school! 

Available throughout the school year to high schools and middle schools.

To give a voice to emerging young writers, The Coterie offers a playwriting seminar in your school, based on Coterie Artistic Director Jeff Church's acclaimed program that he originated at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Students will learn to:

  •     devise dialog, action, and learn scriptwriting format
  •     build characters
  •     write two monologues
  •     create a setting
  •     begin creation of a scene

Upon completion of this seminar with a Coterie professional playwright/facilitator, promising participants, 8th grade and older, may be selected to develop their plays in The Coterie's Young Playwrights' Roundtable.

For grades 7-12, Reaching the Write Minds is conducted in your school or another selected site (often the Westport CoffeeHouse is available at no additional charge). The seminar may be held in one five-hour session OR in two sessions, each 2½ hours in length.

An advanced playwriting workshop is available allowing each student to create a company of characters they place into a variety of situations to help them find their play.

Cost/How to book:

$300 for a maximum of 20 students. A teacher is required to be present throughout the seminar. (A mileage fee may be charged for travel outside of the Kansas City metro area.)

For information & booking: 816.474.4241 or


"Now when I write, I think a lot more about detail... I'm more confident in my writing."
-Trailridge Student

"[I'd] never heard of this program and I thought it was good to get my advanced theatre kids out of school and learn something they did not know how to do... [Reaching the Write Minds] not only did that, but it was fun! ALL of my kids not only said they enjoyed it, but they loved it... great instructor... patient and kind and knew how to deal with them! They wanted to share everything...!"
-Timothy Haynes, Grandview High