WRITE IT OUT!
A TEN-WEEK PLAYWRITING WORKSH0P FOR ARTISTS LIVING WITH HIV.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Write It Out! is a free, 10-week virtual playwriting program that helps artists living with HIV sharpen their playwriting skills as they find and develop their voices. The program aims to create a community for people of similar lived experiences to express themselves freely, while amplifying the visibility of HIV+ artists in theater in tandem.
Creator Donja R. Love is an Afro-Queer HIV-positive, award-winning playwright, and arts educator. Love led intensive workshops designed to challenge—as well as support— emerging artists as they find their unique voices and navigate through their status. The final presentation will unveil each student’s work and explore themes of Identity and Community.
The free program will begin on September 28 and will run virtually through World AIDS Day (Dec 1), when participants will have the option to share their work in a public final sharing.
All writers who are eighteen or older and living with HIV are invited to apply to the program at letswriteitout.com. To apply, applicants must answer questions and submit a writing sample. Finalists will also complete a one-on-one with Love in September. Write It Out! prioritizes the confidentiality of all applicants and participants. Individuals accepted into the program may withhold their identity from being published. Requesting confidentiality will not influence the selection process. The Write it Out! program is no longer accepting applications.
“Oftentimes, as people living with HIV, we can feel so alone. Due to stigma, there is a level of shame that grips us so tightly, adding to our loneliness. When we are able to navigate through these feelings and attempt to creatively express ourselves, there aren't resources or safe space specifically for us. The WIO! Prize, much like the program, is here to change that. This prize is for any playwright living with HIV who aims to center themselves and their work on their terms.” - Donja R. Love, Program Creator
THE INAGURAL WIO! PRIZE
This award will be funded by Emmy Award-winning actor Billy Porter, known for his roles on the hit TV show Pose and the musical Kinky Boots, and the LGBTQ media nonprofit GLAAD. The WIO! Prize honors and holds space for writers living with HIV and working in the American Theater.
All U.S.-based playwrights living with HIV are welcome to submit a full-length play of at least 60 pages and a one-page playwright’s statement (500 words or less) at letswriteitout.com. The statement should address how the writer’s HIV status influences their artistry (if at all) and what receiving the WIO! Prize would mean to them.
The winner of the 2021 Write It Out! Prize will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and an opportunity to work with a professional dramaturg to develop a new work. The chosen dramaturg will also receive a stipend from GLAAD.
Submissions for the WIO! Prize are no longer being accepted.
MEET THE WRITE IT OUT! TEAM
Donja R. Love - Teaching Artist (he/him) is Black, Queer, HIV-Positive and thriving, and a Philly native. He is the recipient of the Antonyo Awards’ inaugural Langston Hughes Award, the Helen Merrill Award, the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award. Other honors include The Lark’s Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, the Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship, and the Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He is the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ+ People of Color. Plays include soft, one in two (The New Group), Fireflies (Atlantic Theater Company), Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and The Trade. Love is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School.
Timothy DuWhite - Program Manager (he/they) is a Black/queer poet, actor, and activist based out of Brooklyn, NY. His essays and poetry can be found in The Rumpus, The Root, Afropunk, Black Youth Project, The Grio, and elsewhere. In the summer of 2018, Timothy debuted his one-man show NEPTUNE as the headliner for Dixon Place's annual “Hot Festival.” Following rave reviews and sold-out performances, NEPTUNE was then restaged as the 2019 kick-off event for Brooklyn Museum’s acclaimed “1st Saturday" series. Timothy was named a “Black LGBTQ+ playwright you need to know” by TIMEOUT.com. He is an alumnus of the Public Theaters' #BARS program, brainchild of actors/writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. He is a current member of the Public Theaters' Emerging Writers Group 2020-2022 cohort. Timothy is the Senior Editor at RaceBaitr.com, Program Director at NY Writers Coalition, and is represented by A3 Artist Agency for Acting & Playwriting.
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