Date Track Session/Presenter/Description Location Time

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

Playwriting Without Tears and With Fewer Fears

This workshop will discuss some of the guiding principles for writing plays. The workshop includes ways to develop character, creating dialogue and generating situations for scripts. While theatre is the focus of this workshop, the skills and techniques discussed can be applied to screenwriting and other forms of performance.

Sycamore 10:50am to 11:50am

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

Writing the Other

Write what you know? Nah. This 90-minute workshop gives you tools you need to write about people with vastly different experiences from your own.

Sycamore 1:55pm to 3:25pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

Once More, With Feeling: Reading Your Poetry

Reading poetry out loud in front of real live people can be nerve-wracking, but its rewards are numerous: engaging with your readership, dynamic feedback on work, community-building. This workshop, aimed at intrepid readers, will provide techniques for reading and performing through tips, in-class exercises, and examples.

Maple 3:35pm to 5:05pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Writing for Performance

The First 10 Pages

When I was teaching at NYU, I noticed my students were starting their scripts with leisurely opening scenes. I told them: “The people who will be reading your work see a lot of scripts. If they like one and they champion it and the movie gets made and is a commercial failure, they can lose their jobs. It’s safer to turn scripts down. If yours starts slowly, they can safely turn it down without finishing it. So… you have 10 pages.” My students protested:. “The people reading our scripts used to go to film shool. They love movies. They’ll keep reading.” I asked my friend and rabbi David Brown to come to class. He once ran Fox. He also produced “Jaws,” “The Sting,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” and many more hits. “You have 5 pages,” David Brown said.

In this introductory level session, we’ll look at some obviously compelling opening paragraphs/pages of scripts/non-fiction/novels. Then participants will announce the intent of their openings and read them, and we’ll discuss their effectiveness and ways they might be stronger.  

Magnolia 3:35pm to 5:05pm