Santa Monica College’s Continuing & Community Education Division is currently registering students for a new six-week playwriting course, “The Magic of the Theatre: Writing for the Stage,” which begins Tuesday, January 2nd.

The class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the college’s Bundy Campus, 3171 S. Bundy Drive, Mar Vista. Free parking is available.

Students will get the opportunity to explore the art of dramatic writing through exercises in creating ideas, characters, dialogue, action and conflict, and finding the writer’s voice.

They will also write a one-act play or a portion of a full-length play and have the opportunity for professional actors to read class work.

The instructor is G. Bruce Smith, an award-winning playwright with production credits in California and Minnesota.

The class is $95. Registration, (310) 434-3400 or at http://comm

Smith wrote 14 plays and two screenplays and has won awards from organizations such as the Ashland [Oregon] New Plays Festival and the Long Beach Playhouse, says the college.

His play The Last Pitch won the 2000 National Playwriting Award from the American Renegade Theatre in North Hollywood and had an 11-week run in 2001, garnering a “Pick of the Week” listing in L.A. Weekly.

The Last Pitch received its Midwest premiere earlier this year at The Paramount Theatre in Austin, Minnesota.

Most recently, Smith’s Pleasure Pod at Celebration Theatre in Hollywood was part of a collection of one-acts that received “Recommended” listings in the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly.

His one-act Christmas with the Mitchells, produced at Celebration in 2002, received good reviews and was a finalist in the 2003 GLAAD L.A. Outstanding Theatre Awards.

Smith is a founding member of Playwrights 6, a playwright-managed theater company in Los Angeles.

A former journalist, Smith has worked for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News and other publications.