athletics_GCGEORGETOWN, KY – Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc. and Georgetown College are sponsoring a spring conference for playwrights featuring editor and critic Lawrence Harbison. It will be held March 28 and 29, 2014 on the campus.

The conference will open on Friday night with a keynote address by Mr. Harbison about the nature of theater and playwriting in the 21st century.

For more than 30 years, Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for major play and musical publisher Samuel French Inc.; he was responsible for the first publications of Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) and musicals such as Little Shop of Horrors, A…My Name Is Alice, and Smoke of the Mountains.

He is now a freelance editor, primarily for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights and women playwrights, best ten-minute plays and best monologues and scenes for men and for women.

Saturday’s all-day conference will focus on the 10-minute play. Ten-minute plays written by conference participants will be read aloud. Then Mr. Harbison will discuss each play focusing on its strengths and weaknesses, as well as general principles of good plays and how to write them.

Individuals wishing to have their plays read and then discussed by Mr. Harbison must register prior to March 15, 2014. Early conference registration is $95. Walkup (late) registration is $125 and available beginning March 28 but does not include the reading and discussion of the registrant’s play. Early registration closes March 15, or as soon as 40 people have registered for the conference. For a registration form, email ky.playwright@yahoo.com with “conference registration” in the subject line.

George McGee, professor of theatre at Georgetown College, said, “We are thrilled to host this year’s KPW playwriting conference. This is an opportunity for our students to learn about playwriting from one of the theatre world’s most respected editors and critics.”