Teaching

Dana teaches at her artistic home Chicago Dramatists. She teaches Playwriting I, Playwriting II, and The Blue Print.

Script Consulting

Do you have a finished draft of a play that you want someone to look at and provide inspirational, helpful meaningful feedback? Dana has a strong record helping playwrights sift through the confusion of rewrites and set a rewrite plan that works for them. For a consulting fee of $260.00, Dana will read your play, sit with you for a minimum of two hours and talk to you about your play. This conversation will map a path for you to finish the rewrites you need to take your story to the next draft.

(Plays that go over 100  pages may vary in price and be agreed upon between the two parties.)

Private Lessons

  • Dana is available at $90.00 an hour.

Student Testimonials

"I admire your [Dana's] ability and the dedication to helping novice writer such as myself find the light at then of the writers tunnel.  You may not realize how helpful your insights are as we struggle to find that firm ground that gives us confidence.  Hurray for you, and again my thanks." —Rolfe Sick

"She is a brilliant teacher with a quick mind, never at a loss, encouraging and humble.  She makes me feel like she’s my biggest fan."—Amy Crider

" In Dana's "Blue Print", we learn from the those who have already done it.   Dana's analyses are insightful, but she leads a discussion that allows for other ideas, enabling us to find our own analyses as well.  The goal, though, is always toward our own work.  It's a class that teaches structure we can use. And there's a bonus:  it's a lot of fun."—Cathy Earnest

"I was stuck in my writing and didn't know what I should write. I took Dana Lynn Formby's class, "The Blueprint" and the what has been answered by "how". I'm energized to write again. Dana is a great teacher. If you want to write you might want to take one of her classes. Chicago Dramatists never fails me as a creative home. "—Chuck O'Conner