Reaching The Write Minds

In-school writing workshop

REACHING THE WRITE MINDS is a playwriting workshop available throughout the school year to high schools and middle schools.

The workshop can be conducted in-person in your school or at another site (often the Westport CoffeeHouse is available at no additional charge).

To give a voice to emerging young writers, The Coterie offers a playwriting seminar, 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 at 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.)
Students will need 10 sheets of full-sized notebook paper and a pen or pencil.

For information & booking: 816.994.8832 or


"Once a year, I get to take kids to a workshop provided by The Coterie Theatre called Reaching the Write Minds. It is a peek into the future. Throughout my time as a teacher this has been a constant place of hopefulness.  Every facilitator I have seen run this workshop is phenomenal.  Making space for students to work through their ideas is everything... There are no tests her. There are not wrong answers in this work... This is where better humans come from. This is critical thinking.  This is creativity.  This is education."                                                                     -- Arrownhead Middle School Teacher

"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