Call for Submissions to Fornes Playwriting Workshop

Location: Chicago, IL

August 3-10, 2016
224 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL


The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is seeking writers to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of award-winning playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago.

Fornés is considered by many to be the “founding mother” of U.S. Latina/o theatre, and the Fornés Playwriting Workshop will impart her playwriting methods to participants as they immerse themselves in her legacy over the course of one week.

Led by award-winning playwright and Fornés protégée, Migdalia Cruz, the workshop will meet for four hours each day and will culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago.

Each selected writer will attend the workshop free of charge and will receive a $250 stipend to help with travel and lodging costs while attending. For those living outside the Chicago area, the workshop will assist in locating reasonably priced lodging.

The workshop will be coordinated by playwright Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2016 by 11:59 EST
Workshop participants will be announced: May 1, 2016

All applicants:

· Must be 18 years of age or older.

· Need to have some previous writing experience.

· Must be available to attend the entire workshop.

To Apply:

· Complete the online application at

· Submit the following materials online.
     1. 20 pages of creative writing (play, fiction, or poetry), in PDF format.
     2. A brief professional bio or resume, in PDF format.
     3. A brief Artist’s Statement [200 words max] that details your interest in participating in the Fornés Playwriting Workshop, in PDF format.

For more information, please contact Lucas Garcia at