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THE CRAFT OF WRITING SERIES: Plays
April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Craft of Writing Series is a three-week program that takes place virtually the first through third Thursdays of each month. Each month focuses on a different genre or form of writing.
Thursday, April 1: Author Conversation
Join playwrights Jenny Magnus and Dana L. Stringer for a conversation on the craft of writing plays.
Thursday, April 8: The Rhythms of Speech: Dialogue, Monologue, and Silence in Playwriting with Jenny Magnus
Spewing, sugarcoating, snapping, stonewalling, stymieing, seducing, separating, sparking…the way people verbally communicate in performative writing is the focus of this workshop. Whether there are multiple characters interacting, a single voice, or the power of silence onstage, bringing awareness to the use of punctuation, rhythm, speech patterns, vocabulary, and stage directions all help create authentic characters and truthful moments. Participants will be given prompts to frame their ideas, and will write in all three modes.
Thursday, April 15: Writing a Producible One-Act Play Dana L. Stringer
Writing a full-length play can seem like a daunting task but, contrary to what some playwrights think, it doesn’t take a three-act play to tell a compelling story with three-dimensional characters. Often ranging between 10 to 45 minutes (pages), the one-act play has grown in appeal and popularity, especially for playwrights pursuing production in annual theatre festivals or a billed evening of one-act plays. In this workshop, we’ll consider key approaches and elements to writing a one-act play. Participants will also be given a writing exercise as well as play submission resources.
The cost for this three-week program is $150.00. Write On members receive a 10% discount. To become a member, please click here. To register online for this program, please click the button below. For other registration options, please call 920.868.1457.
Please note: registration for this workshop closes March 31st. To register after the 31st, please call 920.868.1457. Registrants will receive the information to join by Zoom 2-3 days prior to the first session.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Jenny Magnus is a writer, performer, composer, musician, director, and teacher who is a founding co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theater Branch, an all-original theater company, now in its’ 32th year. She is the author/creator of plays that have been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Athenaeum Theater, Prop Thtr, and on tour throughout America and Europe. A collection of her plays, Observations of an Orchestrated Catastrophe, was published by JackLeg Press in 2014. She has been awarded grants and residencies from many organizations and agencies, has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute, and has been involved in mentorship and teaching for over 25 years. She has released 14 albums, written 15 plays, and is an all-around hard-working artist trying to make her way in this world.
Dana L. Stringer is a playwright, poet, and writing instructor with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member with Inspiration2Publication in the Continuing Education Program at Antioch University Online. Dana is also an Artist-in-Residence at Out of Hand Theater. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and Working Title Playwrights. Her produced plays, staged readings, and performance art include: We the Village (Unexpected Play Festival; Theatrical Outfit), Ms. Management (Ain’t I a Woman Playfest; Russell Theater), Black Body, Blue Note (Rosetta Series; Vanguard Repertory Company), We the Village (Working Title Playwrights First Light Series; Horizon Theatre Company), Spare Change (MoJo Fest; Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Blue Pearl Theatrics; The Playroom Theater), Ms. Frankie Lee (Fade to Black Play Festival; MATCH), Looter (Fade to Black Play Festival; MATCH), Colored in Winter (Fade to Black Play Festival; Queensbury Theatre), Secret Life in a Sacred House (National Black Theatre Festival; Reader’s Theater of New Work),The Costume Waver (Fade to Black Play Festival; Obsidian Theater), ID (NAACP 10-Minute Play Festival) and Kinsman Redeemer (Coleman and Smith Artistic Company). Dana is the author of the poetry chapbook, In Between Faith.