The Confluence Regional Writers Project was developed in 2018. Our goal is to further foster a regional culture of playwriting by providing support and inspiration to emerging playwrights in St. Louis and its radiating regions through a Playwriting Fellowship, an Emerging Playwrights Cohort, and new plays commissioned and developed by the Festival.
This program is specifically designed to give playwrights a chance to get feedback, collaboration, public readings of their new work and a dedicated space to develop their skills with others in the field. Diversity is one of our leading values, in terms of race, gender identification, age, and relative physical ability.
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2022 Cohort (Applications are now closed)
The Festival will award three residencies to emerging playwrights who are current residents of Missouri or Illinois for the fourth annual Confluence Writers Project. The year-long program includes mentorship in the form of workshops with guest artists and industry professionals and dedicated time and space to write as a cohort together under the leadership of a program director. Applications are due Sunday, February 13.
As part of the program, Cohort members will:
- Participate in a one-weekend retreat near St. Louis, if deemed safe and desirable.
- Meet monthly beginning March 2022 through January 2023, either via teleconference or in-person for daylong writing sessions, workshops, and mentorship activities.
- Participate in a knowledge-sharing opportunity for students in our youth program during one masterclass workshop in Spring 2022.
- Complete a full-length play for a public reading in January of 2023 during the Confluence New Play Festival. Playwrights must be available for at least five days during that time for rehearsal and performance of their work.
- Receive a $3,000 stipend.