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Echoes Writers Group at Primary Stages is a year-long, educational program focused on finding, nurturing, and amplifying the voices of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists.

Echoes will be a place for writers to find, develop and amplify their voice in a supportive and creative community that grows together. Led by the artistic team at Primary Stages, the group is comprised of writers who are just starting to discover their voice and build their craft, particularly those who are interested in learning about the art of playwriting. Examples of potential members may include a high school graduate just starting to discover the joy of writing, a mother who put her craft on hold to raise children, or a retiree who is just getting back to their art.

The Group participates in twice-weekly Mentorship and Sharing Sessions, where writers have the chance to create and develop their own work with professionals who represent a vast array of fields and writing styles. Mentors include Theresa Rebeck, Chisa Hutchinson, Madhuri Shekar, AriDy Nox, Cusi Cram, Brittany K. Allen, and Nikkole Salter (with more to be announced) and will touch on topics such as Playwriting Fundamentals, Adaptation, Short Form Comedy, Solo Work, TV/Film writing, and more.

Each Group member will receive a $500 honorarium and the year-long program will culminate with a weekend-long intensive for participants as well as a public presentation of the Group members’ works in Spring 2022.

We are looking for people who love to write but have not had the chance to fully explore their passion in a professional or academic setting. Women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming writers have faced many barriers to pursuing and developing their writing, and this is meant to be a safe and inclusive space that will offer mentorship, support, and community to those who are seeking to develop their voice. Whether you've stepped away from your writing and wish to reinvest in your passion, want to expand the scope of your writing, are discovering a new creative interest, or anything in between, we’re looking for undeveloped and undiscovered voices who need room to grow.

We are looking at a hybrid model for group meetings, with both virtual and in-person sessions. In order to foster a full and robust group, we are asking members to commit to attending meetings twice a week on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons from October-December, 2021 and February-April, 2022. In-person meetings will be held at a rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan. Full dates detailed below, subject to change.

Tues Oct 5, 6pm-8:30pm
Tues Oct 12, 6pm-8:30pm
Tues Oct 19, 6pm-8:30pm
Tues Oct 26, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Oct 30, 12pm-3pm
Tues Nov 9, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Nov 13, 12pm-3pm
Tues Nov 16, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Nov 20, 12pm-3pm
Tues Nov 30, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Dec 4, 12pm-3pm
Tues Dec 6, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Dec 11, 12pm-3pm
Tues Feb 8, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Feb 12, 12pm-3pm
Tues Feb 15, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Feb 19, 12pm-3pm
Tues Feb 22, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Feb 26, 12pm-3pm
Tues Feb 29, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Mar 2, 12pm-3pm
Tues Mar 8, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Mar 12, 12pm-3pm
Tues Mar 15, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Mar 19, 12pm-3pm
Tues Mar 29, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Apr 2, 12pm-3pm
Tues Apr 4, 7pm-8:30pm
Sat Apr 9, 12pm-3pm

Primary Stages strives to reflect the story of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, classes, ages, and abilities, and hopes for this group to reflect the America around us as opposed to what has historically been taught and represented.

All applications are due August 16. All applicants will be contacted by the end of August regarding their selection status, and finalists will be asked for a virtual interview.


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This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation New ERA Women Writers Program.

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