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Workshop 1$30.00Monday, October 19th - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Teacher: Kim PorterUsing low-resistance prompts you’ll cast a wide net capturing scads of unexpected imagery, and story fragments from your deepest imagination. You’ll learn fool-proof techniques for elevating these fragments into capital “S” stories. You’ll leave this workshop knowing that you have hundreds of stories to tell.
Workshop 2$30.00Tuesday, Oct 20th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Improvised Storytelling: Inspiration Everywhere
Teacher: Jose GonzalezIn this workshop, you'll learn ideas and techniques from improvisational comedy & theatre to help you take inspiration from everything around you and everything within. You'll boost your power to weave stories from your personal experiences and musings to create stories for the stage or page, or both!
Workshop 3$30.00Monday, Oct 26th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Teacher: John PerovichRoll up your sleeves, gargle that fizzy lifting drink, and fly into a gauntlet of bizarre, fast paced, and varied exercises for generating ideas! You’ll traverse the quirky possibilities of morphing landscapes, dreaming objects, thresholds, wolves, word games, and more! Ideation-Palooza! is a fun laboratory for generating new ideas or taking current ideas for a spin.
Workshop 4$30.00Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
The Show Is In The Tell:
Writing Dialogue For The Stage
Teacher: Ashley NaftuleIn this workshop, participants will learn tricks and techniques to sharpen their dialogue writing skills. Like in real life, characters in plays often don’t come right out and say what they want or express how they feel in direct terms. We’ll look at fun generative techniques for creating dialogue scenes that say a lot indirectly. We’ll do writing exercises to play with different modes of conversation, analyze the anatomy of a good joke, and focus on one of the most most important qualities that separates playwriting from other forms of fiction: leaving plenty of empty space in the text for other artists (actors, directors, designers, even the audience themselves) to fill in the blanks. We’ll also examine how this dialogue writing approach can be used to enhance non-fiction and memoir writing, and take a look at how it also applies to writing stage directions and action scenes.
Workshop 5$30.00Monday, November 2nd, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Archetypes & Storytelling:
Becoming the Ground of Once Upon a Time
Teacher: Marilyn Omifunke TorrezUsing guided imagery, meditation, universal symbolism, and exploration of the Jungian archetypes, participants will experiment with finding their archetype to guide them toward the stories their soul wants to tell in the way the soul need to tell it.
Workshop 6$30.00Wednesday November 4th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Writing: Close Reading
Teacher: Kendall PackOne of the best ways to improve our work is to investigate pieces that we love and find the things that make them so effective. For this course, we will look at a selection of written work and use the skill of close reading to fill our Writer's Toolbox for a more strategic approach to the drafting process. This is especially helpful when trying to solve problems in our dialogue, scene construction, action, and character development. Please make sure you read the writing packet in advance so that we can have a shared library to work from for our discussion. Bring specific concerns about your own writing that you are seeking solutions for.
Workshop 7$30.00Monday, November 9th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Writing the Truth Aria
Teacher: Emily PackUsing musical improvisation, you will clear the brush between your writing and your simple truths. Riffing on the timeless forms of opera and poetry will shine light on your authenticity. By the end of this workshop your truth will be closer than ever to your craft.
Workshop 8$30.00Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Sketch Comedy Writing
Teacher: Shawn CollinsLearn the fundamentals of writing a comedy sketch, starting with basic structure and moving on to escalation and pay-off. Learn to develop both character-driven and situationally-driven scenes.
Workshop 9$30.00Monday, November 16th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Nerding Out Your Story:
Teacher: Joy YoungIn this workshop, you'll learn to let what you love carry your story. This workshop focuses on metaphor and poetics. Get the scoop on simile versus metaphor, develop an image/feeling/idea you'd like to work with and learn how to wield your new skills to create the urgency your story requires.
Workshop 10$30.00Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:45pmAdd to cart
Geometry of Storytelling:
Teacher: Kim PorterFor this last session of the Playground we will experiment with performance concepts and develop mind maps and geometric strategies that support memorization, interpretation, and meaningful connection with the audience.