Works in Progress

Register today for our new playwrighting, poetry and songwriting workshops open to all, especially for those at the beginning of their creative journeys. Join with the Folger to craft your story under the mentorship of expert teaching artists and in partnership with the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, where the in-person workshops are taking place. Sessions are also offered over Zoom. Registration includes:

  • Free admittance to Shakespeare as Starting Pointan in-person panel discussion on using Shakespeare as an inspiration, on January 24 at the Hill Center
  • A workshop of your preference led by an expert teaching artist
  • An opportunity to share your work with others in person at the Hill Center on January 29

Registration is $50 with a discount for Folger Members and Subscribers. Suitable for adults and mature teenagers (16+). Register online with the links below, or contact the box office at (202) 544-7077.



Taught by Caleen Sinnette Jennings

Playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings enables participants to use Shakespeare and their own life experiences to create monologues and short scenes.

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30pm (In Person)


Thursday, January 26 at 6:30pm (Virtual)



Taught by Erin Frisby

Songwriter and musician Erin Frisby guides participants in creating their own musical compositions, with pre-recorded musical tracks available for those interested specifically in lyrics.

Thursday, January 26 at 6:30pm (In Person)


Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm (Virtual)



Taught by Teri Ellen Cross Davis and Kim Roberts

Poets Kim Roberts and Teri Ellen Cross Davis look at sonnets— the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s sonnets, the rich history of the form, and how contemporary American poets continue to play with the sonnet tradition to create something new.

Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30pm (Virtual)


Friday, January 27 at 6:30pm (In Person)


We look forward to welcoming you to in-person performances. Please note: All attendees are required to wear a mask, and proof of vaccination is required for audiences. Fully vaccinated artists will not be wearing masks while speaking. Folger staff will remain masked at all times. The Folger is committed to maintaining the highest level of health and safety precautions around COVID-19. Click here for more information on how we are keeping our audience and artists safe.


   Hosted in partnership with and at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital