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FSU Center for Creative Writing to Hold Playwriting Workshop

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing will host a 10-week playwriting workshop with local award-winning playwright Ty DeMartino. Sessions will begin on Feb. 11 and will be held on Thursday nights, starting at 7 p.m. at the center at 22 E. Main St. in Frostburg.

The workshop is open to novice and established playwrights who want to learn more about the craft and the art of writing for the stage. Participants will go over such topics as how to tell strong stories in a theatrical setting, create memorable characters and write natural-sounding dialogue. Over the 10 weeks, participants will develop their own play ideas and receive feedback and guidance from DeMartino and their fellow workshop participants.

A resident of Frostburg, DeMartino’s plays have appeared on stages from Hollywood to off-Broadway in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2007, he was named Best Playwright of the Year by the “Baltimore City Paper” for his political piece “The Blessed Mothers of War,” and in 2008, his family drama “Finding Fossils” was honored as Best Production of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Over the past decade, he has been recognized by the Maryland States Arts Council with three Individual Artist Awards. Currently, DeMartino is working on two dramas for the stage – “Cluttered,” a play about hoarding disorders, and “The Darling Siblings,” a story about children dealing with the murder of a family member. Both plays are being workshopped for possible productions in 2010. In addition, he serves as the head writer for Reel Movie Kids, an initiative to train and showcase young actor-comedians.

The cost for the 10-week workshop is $100 per person, with partial proceeds benefiting the FSU Center for Creative Writing. For more information or to register, contact the center at 301-687-4024 or visit

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258. -end-

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