Writers' Block Week 1: Playwriting

  • The Writers Place 3607 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States


Join The Writers Place for our two-week camp especially for young writers, ages 12 to 18 years old. Writers’ Blocks will be held July 11-15 and 18-22, 9am to 12pm, at 3607 Pennsylvania, KCMO 64111. Each week campers will focus on a different genre of creative writing, and at the end of camp we’ll celebrate with a reading for family and friends.

We will be delving into playwriting for the first week of the camp, July 11-15, with the nationally-known playwright and UMKC professor Frank Higgins. His professional accomplishments not-with-standing, Frank is excellent with beginning writers and has been a mentor to many throughout his teaching tenure. Below is an episode of KCPT's Arts Upload in which Frank Higgins' work and teaching style is highlighted. 

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Frank Higgins is the author of the plays Black Pearl Sings and The Sweet By ‘n’ By, the latter produced with Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. His work has been seen in New York and across the country at the Williamstown Theater Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Ford’s Theater in Washington DC, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Virginia Stage Company, the Barter Theater, and other places. His plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing Company, and Pioneer Drama Service. His one act play The True Death of Socrates is included in Best American Short Plays of 2013, published by Applause Books, and Black Pearl Sings is anthologized in the Random House/Vintage anthology Plays For Two. Scenes from his play Gunplay were read on Capitol Hill prior to Congress passing what came to be known as the Brady Bill. He has also written several plays for young audiences, including Anansi the Spider and The Middle Passage and The Country of the Blind. He has also published two books of poetry, and two books of haiku.