Intro to Playwriting with Maurice Decaul

Led by Maurice Decaul, a USMC Veteran and one of the top emerging playwrights in the country, this course will provide an intro to creative writing by examining the intersections of poetry and playwriting. The purpose of this process is to encourage students to approach the creation of new plays from a multidisciplinary angle. By learning the intricacies of composing poetry, students will be able to utilize these techniques to craft plays that are precise, imagistic, and evocative. Through the workshop, students will write their own short play using techniques gathered from the readings and from writing their own poems. This experiential process, which emphasizes critical reading and critical thinking, will prepare students for advanced study in creative writing and other humanities disciplines.

  • Who: Free for veterans, service members, and military family members (age 18+).
  • When: Saturday, March 19th and Sunday, March 20th, 9AM to 5PM each day. All participants must be able to attend both days.
  • Where: The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.

About The Instructor, Maurice Decaul

Maurice Decaul is a former Marine, is a poet, essayist, and playwright whose writing has been featured in the New York Times and The Daily Beast, among others. His poems have been translated into French and Arabic, and his theatrical works, Holding it Down and Sleep Song, collaborations with composer Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd, have been produced and performed at New York City’s Harlem Stage, Washington DC’s ATLAS INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL, in Paris and in Antwerp. His play Dijla Wal Furat, Between the Tigris and the Euphrates was produced in New York City by Poetic Theater Productions in the winter of 2015. Maurice graduated from Columbia University and New York University with degrees in Creative Writing, and he is currently working toward his MFA in playwriting at Brown University.


The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) builds sustainable, arts communities for veterans and military families by partnering with arts organizations, artists, and colleges. ASAP focuses on developing the comedic, literary, musical, and artistic skills of veterans in supportive, community-based environments. In the process, ASAP improves well-being among participants, and bridges divides by connecting veterans, students, and local communities through the arts. In 2015, the Echoing Green Foundation recognized ASAP as one of the 50 organizations changing the world, and the Halcyon Incubator tapped ASAP as one of the eight most innovative organizations in the U.S. In addition, ASAP recently received press from CNNABC News, and Soldiers Magazine, among others.