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Playwriting Circle

Calling all writers and playwrights for our Fall 2021 session!

Online sessions will lead participants through the playwriting process with a focus on story, dramatic action, character and dialogue. Participants will regularly share their writing and receive ongoing feedback and support in preparation for a public reading (online) with professional actors on December 4, 2021. 

This program is offered free of cost to beginning and emerging playwrights (or writers who would like to transition into playwriting) who self-identify as living with disability. 

From the Playwriting Circle, one playwright will be chosen to participate in a six month Playwright-in-Residence program with Realwheels from January to June 2022. The Playwright will receive an award of $3000 and sixty hours of work with a dramaturg to take their script to the next level. If based in Vancouver, you will also receive access to office and meeting space.

While this session is open to all Canadian residents, priority will be given to those living in BC.


Participants will need to: 

  • use Zoom for the sessions 
  • attend sessions in a timely manner 
  • share a piece of writing approximately every other week 
  • provide peer feedback during the workshop 
  • participate in in-class readings 



Eleven weeks on Saturdays from Sept 18 to Dec 4, 10:00am PST to 12:15pm (excluding October 9th)


How to Apply:

Due to the opportunity to potentially receive a Playwright-in-Residence spot from involvement the Playwriting Circle, we will be doing an assessment of applications. Applications will be assessed and accepted on a rolling basis so be sure to get yours in early!

Acceptance into the program will be announced no later than September 11th.

Please apply by emailing connie@realwheels.ca with the subject line: Playwriting Circle 2021 and she will provide you with the application form and details. Please be prepared to submit a sample piece of writing. If you are unable to email Connie for accessibility reasons, please call us at 604-322-7325


Facilitator: Natasha Nadir – Natasha is a director, dramaturg and playwright living in Vancouver, BC. She has an MFA in Directing from UBC, a BA from Bishop’s University and Acting Certificate from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. While Artistic Associate at Gateway Theatre she directed Mary’s Wedding, Burning In, The Grandkid, Brighton Beach Memoirs and facilitated five seasons of SceneFirst: Staged readings of New Work. She has worked as a creative facilitator (View From a Window, Starry Starry Night) and an acting instructor (William Davis Centre, Company of Rogues) working with a wide range of artists and students. Natasha is a member of the Wet Ink Collective and on the board of Playwrights Theatre Centre.