Practical and Playful Techniques for the Page
For All Writers of any genre, form, audience age children's through adult.
Actors, like writers, are storytellers and master acting teachers have discovered many tools for developing character, voice, story, emotional truth, and even ways to coax the muse. In this workshop, acting techniques have been adapted for the creative writer as a new, immediate and practical approach to the page. Participants will be introduced to methods based on the works of Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Lenard Petit. We will be writing as well as putting down our pens to move through different acting exercises. Shy, introverted scribes need not be afraid—we won't be performing or putting anybody in the spotlight. All you need is your pen, paper, and sense of play. Come peek behind the curtain and find something to steal. For writers of fiction/non-fiction/poetry/plays/screenplays whether you write for children, young adults, or adult audiences. Available as: Half-Day Workshop/PD
"The class taught me how to engage with my characters, both individually and as a group, more effectively than any other class ever has. It just made concepts click. Loved it. You're like a writing therapist."
-N.P. MFA graduate student, The New School
Page-to-Stage: Did somebody ask you to read--out loud?! Whether you relish or dread it, the public reading is part of a writer's life. The experience should and can be enjoyable for both you and your audience. This will prepare you to be comfortable, confident, and creative while reading your work. You'll learn about material selection, relaxation, projection, inflection, and engaging an audience. For shy new speakers and experienced spotlight lovers.
Advanced Writing for Children Workshops/Presentations:
TMI vs. Overprotection: Balancing honesty/comfort when tackling tough topics in Picture Books.
So Emotional: Techniques for infusing your writing with feelings.
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Presentation versions of most of the above can be requested or ask about specific topics.
Manuscript Consulting & Public Speaking Coaching