Princeton Ten Minute Play Contest prep course online - Knovva Academy
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Princeton Ten Minute Play Contest

This 8-hour one-on-one intensive will explore short plays, with the goal of creating one for submission to The Princeton Ten-Minute Play Contest. Through lectures, readings, writing prompts, and discussions with the instructor, students will examine playwriting, and analyze playwriting elements for understanding and application. Students will be introduced to different elements of plays, including the use of rhythm, dialogue, developing characters, crafting exciting plots, and utilizing different styles of narration.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Create original ten-minute plays
  • Develop writing skills in dialogue, plotting, and character development
  • Analyze short plays for understanding
  • Draft and make significant revisions to their own work

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • An edited piece or pieces ready for submission to the competition
  • A clear understanding of what types of pieces have won in previous years
  • A plan for submitting their work to the specified contest
  • Good preparation for TOEFL and other standardized tests
  • Satisfies criteria for Knovva Academic Standards, based on IB, PISA, Cambridge, and Common Core standards
  • A Certificate of Completion from Knovva Academy and corresponding transcript


Morgan S., M.F.A.

B.F.A, New York University
M.F.A, University of Iowa
Writing Instructor at Knovva Academy

Morgan is a world class scholar who currently teaches English at the eminent Smith College, where her students are geared towards multilingual students. She is a prolific novelist and playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, London, California and Iowa. After earning her BFA at New York University and MFA at the University of Iowa, Morgan started her teaching career in the Peace Corps in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

Related Skills

  • English grammar
  • English vocabulary
  • Brainstorming
  • Reading comprehension
  • Literary analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Drafting and revision
  • Receiving feedback

Our Schedule


Princeton Ten Minute Play Contest
8 Lessons

60 minutes per lesson

Competition Open Date


Competition Submission Date


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