30-Day Playwriting Challenge

For All Skill Levels



The Halifax Fringe and PARC are proud to partner in a month-long initiative for playwrights who want to try their hand at writing a play! For four Fridays starting September 10th, join PARC’s Artistic Associate, Santiago Guzmán, to discuss specific topics about the craft of playwriting. A weekly presentation will be followed by the opportunity for participants to ask questions and receive support as they undertake their writing!!

FREE! (Registration required, see link below)


Friday, Sept 10th – Where do I begin writing a play?
Discussion of the basics of playwriting, undertaking research for your play, creating an outline, and dramatic devices for playwriting.

Friday, Sept 17th – How do I deal with writer’s block?
Writing exercises and strategies to help stuck writers get back on track and assist all writers in  moving along and deepening their process!

Friday, Sept 24th – How do I shape my own work?
Discussion of useful editing tips as writers move along in their drafts, and information on script formatting and use of stage directions.

Friday, Oct 1st – I’ve got a first draft! Now what?
Discussion of next steps for playwrights after completing the first draft of their play (readings, workshops, working with a dramaturge, etc)!!

Weekly sessions run online over Zoom, 6:00-7:30pm ADT.

Want to take the challenge? Sign up here!


About Santiago

Santiago Guzmán (he/him) is a writer, performer, director and dramaturge
originally from Metepec, Mexico, now based in St. John’s, NL. He is the
Artistic Director of TODOS Productions, the Artistic Associate for
Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and General Manager for
Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL. He is a proud member of
The Quilted Collective.

His work as a writer aims to put local, under-represented narratives and
characters on the frontlines, whilst inviting audiences to appreciate the
vibrancy of Newfoundland and Labrador from a diverse perspective.

His plays have been supported, developed and/or produced by theatre
companies and festivals across the country, like TODOS Productions (NL),
Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company (NL), Artistic Fraud of
Newfoundland (NL), Rising Tide Theatre (NL), Neighbourhood Dance
Works (NL), Eastern Front Theatre (NS), Playwrights Atlantic Resource
Centre (NS), Ship’s Company Theatre (NS), Page1 Theatre (NS), Boca Del
Lupo (BC), Paprika Festival (ON), and the National Theatre School of
Canada’s Art Apart Program (QC).

As a dramaturge, Santiago has focused on supporting historically
oppressed, emerging writers to tell their stories, as there is a need in his
community to see these stories on stage. Through his theatre company,
TODOS Productions, he has supported several pieces in development
alongside Robert Chafe in the 2020 and 2021 TODOS’ Writing Unit. He was
the dramaturge for the Fundy Fringe Festival in NB in 2020 and he is
currently working with Halifax Theatre for Young People as a dramaturge
on a project about immigrants in Atlantic Canada. He recently participated
in Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre’s 2021 Playwrights Retreat as lead
and assistant dramaturge.

As an immigrant, queer, and artist of colour, Santiago believes that
representation matters.

www.sguzman.ca