Daniel and Patrick Lazour
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Crafting Libretto - The Art of Musical Theater Bookwriting

Class Info

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Instructors: Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour
Class Date: Wednesdays, 6-9pm Eastern; March 20 - May 22
Maximum Students: 10

EST: 6pm-9pm 
CST: 5pm-8pm
MST: 4pm-7pm 
PST: 3pm-6pm
AKST: 2pm-5pm
HST: 1pm-4pm


Class Summary

The work of the musical theatre librettist can be overlooked, but how well your musical is built can make all the difference.  In this ten-week writing workshop, award-winning musical theatre writers Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour will offer examples and exercises on what makes a libretto successful. Discussion topics will include show structures, methodologies of dialogue and character, and song placement. Throughout the course, you will be asked to read existing librettos and discuss what makes them work (or not). In addition, you will work on your own musical libretto, sharing pages for feedback and discussion.


Class Requirements

You should have already written at least one musical and you should be embarking upon a new project.  


Class Expectations 

You are expected to be present and available for each class session. You will be asked to participate in writing exercises and discussions, read texts outside of class, and present work for in-class discussions. You will also be expected to give helpful and empathetic feedback to your fellow students.


Class Outcome

By the end of the course, you will have an outline and/or a partial draft completed for your new musical libretto. You will also have a better understanding of how the framework of your musical can strengthen the storytelling.   

  • Refunds

    The Dramatists Guild does not provide refunds; however, it is possible to receive credit towards a future course instead. Please email dginstitute@dramatistsguild.com for more information.

    Unfortunately, DG is unable to offer financial aid at this time.

  • Financial Aid

    Unfortunately, at this time financial aid is not available.

  • Instructors and Community

    The faculty at the Dramatists Guild is comprised of some of the country’s leading playwrights, songwriters, educators, and industry professionals. Please be aware that instructors are subject to change prior to the start of the semester. In the unlikely event that such a change does occur, all DG students will be notified as soon as possible.

    The Dramatists Guild endeavors to create a safe space in which all students feel encouraged to participate as freely and confidently as possible. Although we generally try to group students by skill level, writers from a variety of backgrounds will inevitably be in class together. Students are expected to be inclusive, communicative, and welcoming to one another, regardless of previous writing experience.

    All students should arrive on time to class, disengage from electronic media (other than the Zoom platform upon which the class is taking place), and remain present for the entire class period. Please note that the Guild is unable to record any courses. If you are unable to attend a class, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor, in advance of your planned absence, in order to coordinate a sufficient make-up strategy.

  • Class Sizes

    Unless otherwise noted, all foundation classes have a maximum of 14-15 students and all writing workshops (including specialty writing workshops) have a maximum of 10 students. 

    The number of students in each course is limited in order to ensure that every participant has a meaningful classroom experience.

  • Contact Us

    Feel free to email us at dginstitute@dramatistsguild.com, or call the Guild office at (212) 398-9366.