Dr. Philip Zwerling


Five consecutive Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 noon,

September  7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5

in the MTC rehearsal room in the Community Center of Mendocino



 This course is open to all writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and memoir as well as playwrights  because we will cover the basics of character development, dialogue, conflict, and plot common to all genres of writing. In addition, playwriting uniquely teaches a writer to think visually and theatrically to emotionally connect with an audience.


No previous playwriting experience is required and we will cover the basics so that each student completes an original ten minute play in class. At our final meeting we will invite the public to see these plays produced onstage. — Philip Zwerling



Philip Zwerling is  recently retired as Director of the Creative Writing Program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where he taught playwriting for ten years. He had previously served as Playwright-in-Residence for four years at Ursinus College outside Philadelphia. He now lives in Fort Bragg.

His plays have been produced at UTRGV, The University of New Orleans, UC Santa Barbara, Ursinus College and Seaside Community Theater.

Scenes from his plays are anthologized in One on One: The Best Women’s Monologues for the Twentieth First Century, One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the Twenty-First Century, and Duo:The Best Scenes for the Twenty First Century, all by Applause Books.

He is the author of three books, the editor of one, and co-author, most recently of, Eyes on Havana: The Memoir of An American Spy Betrayed by the CIA (2018).