It Takes A Village

One of the most inspiring things about being an emerging playwright and a Rhame student is the sense of community found not only in Atlanta, but with WTP as a whole. There’s always the saying of “it takes a village to raise a child” but, honestly, I think the same can be said for playwriting, too. A lot of people think that writing is a very solitary profession –– and in a lot of cases, it is –– but, at the same time, it’s very interactive and collaborative as well. I can’t count how many times I’ve been stuck on something and then, after meeting with a friend or even simply someone with an objective point of view, I’ve felt more inspired and willing to face the problem head on and get back to writing. This is one of the things that I like best about WTP –– the Monday night sessions always inspire me, even as a listener. I leave and want to go home and immediately start working on something because I know there’s a network of fellow writers who support each other and are excited about new work and giving others the opportunity and platform to share whatever they’re cooking up in an honest, creative environment. It’s something I’ve really appreciated in the transition from school to apprentice to new artist and really something I’m very grateful for, and I’m excited to see where the rest of the year takes me.

-August Compton

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