Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing for Performance

Writing for TV

Creating a television show isn't just about coming up with a great concept; it’s about coming up with a great concept that will generate 100 episodes. This overview of television writing explores how teleplays differ from any other form of writing, what a “story engine” is, what a “logline” is, what a “showrunner" does, and why outlining is a vital part of the process. Finally, you’ll hear what it’s like to work inside a TV writers’ room, where a show's staff "breaks" stories for an entire season. Workshop participants will be invited to craft their own series loglines, so be sure to bring something to write with.

TBD 10:10am to 11:10am

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing for Performance

Writing a Two-Character Play in 90 Minutes

Really! It's not hard! Learn the basics of playwriting through a streamlined process that allows you to create a brand new play in only 90 minutes! We'll create characters, stories, settings, conflicts and give you some new tools to take home.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing for Performance

Adapting Your Work for Stage/Screen

We have brought our stories to the page. Now… how do we bring it to the stage? The big screen? Our workshop will explore how fiction makes the leap to film/television and find ways to adapt our own material for new mediums. By taking an in-depth look at previously adapted pieces and comparing the source material with their evolutionary counterparts, we will discuss what makes its way onto film and what should remain on the page—and how.

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Writing for Performance

Getting Produced (Advanced Level)

Okay. I've written my play. It's on paper. Now, what??? This class will give you tools and resources for reaching out and making connections with theatres so that you can get that play off the page and onto the stage where it belongs!

TBD 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing for Performance

The Art and Craft of Oral Storytelling

In this workshop, we'll explore the power and potential uses--both for creative writing and day-to-day communication--of storytelling. Through a series of exercises, attendees will learn techniques and tools to develop and deliver a true story from their lives. 

We'll touch on how to locate promising stories, how to structure them, and how to deliver them (without memorization) with confidence. Attendees will leave the workshop with the tools and know-how to continue to refine their stories. 

TBD 10:10am to 11:40am

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing for Performance

Writing Comedy

This workshop will focus on writing stand-up, sketch and one person show comedy. The fundamental crafts employed by comedy writers in these genres will be presented in my opening lecture. Next, there will be a question and answer period whose purpose will be to clarify participants' understanding of the crafts.  In the next section participants will choose which genre they want to explore and engage in a writing exercise for that genre that I will provide.

TBD 1:10pm to 2:40pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Writing for Performance

Performing Your Own Work

The fundamentals of performing each of these genres are related but distinct. In my opening lecture I will present and illustrate these fundamentals. Next, participants will perform the work they created earlier. Each participant will first get feedback on their writing and performing from me. This will be followed by a group discussion, and questions. The workshop will conclude with my closing remarks. 

TBD 2:50pm to 3:50pm