Lisa Lutwyche

Lisa Lutwyche

Playwright Lisa Lutwyche explores five elements of creating scripts for the stage. The audience has to sit there and listen, in the dark. What are we offering to them?

We will discuss what it means to write in “real time,” how to create memorable, believable characters, how to “hear” their dialogue, an understanding of how many things we mean by “setting,” and how to create the stakes for true “tension” that will keep audiences on the edges of their seats.

Here is how the class will break down:

  • Understanding “Real Time”:

A stage play can only exist in real time. What does that mean to a playwright?

  • Character:

Who am I? What does each character want?

  • Dialogue:

Dialogue is like eavesdropping. We are giving our characters permission to speak. Make the words count.

  • Setting:

Why this place? Why this time? Setting isn’t just what the stage looks like.

  • Stakes/Tension:

Make the rubber band tighten with every scene. What is the “trouble”?

We will work with prompts to generate some writing on some of these topics.

About the Writer:

Lisa Lutwyche received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College in 2013. Poet, author, artist, produced playwright, and actor, her poetry and fiction have been published and anthologized in collections and literary magazines across the US and the UK, such as Mad Poets Review; Minerva Rising; In the Questions, Poetry By and About Strong Women; the cancer poetry project 2; Sparrow’s Trill; and Riddled With Arrows. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poetry in 2000 and in 2015. Her full-length poetry collection, A Difficult Animal, came out in the fall of 2016 from Saddle Road Press.

Lisa’s one-act plays have been produced, since 2010, in Philadelphia, Swarthmore, PA, and in Maryland. She has a BFA in painting and a BA in art history and still teaches watercolor. Lisa is currently an adjunct Professor of English at Cecil College and at Delaware Technical Community College and lives with her British poet/actor husband and rescued cats in a quiet forest.

Some of Lisa’s Work

A Difficult Animal

A Difficult Animal


Kirkwood Library
6000 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington. Delaware


Register for this workshop.

Due to library restrictions, attendees must be 18 or older, or accompanied by an adult.

Written by Tery Griffin