This 8-week workshop is designed to get your play out of your head and onto the page. Through a combination of in-class writing exercises and reading scripts aloud, it will allow playwrights to take their scripts to the next level.

Time: eight Tuesdays, 18:00 to 20:00

Duration: 1 October - 19 November, 2019

Location: Atwater Library and Computer Centre—1200 Atwater Avenue, Westmount, Quebec View map

Description

This workshop will give budding and experienced playwrights a forum in which to hear their work read aloud and have it commented on, supported, and developed. Limited to 12 participants.

This 8-week workshop is designed to get your play out of your head and onto the page. Through a combination of in-class writing exercises and reading scripts aloud, it will allow playwrights to take their scripts to the next level.

Topics covered will include:

  • Character development
  • Structure
  • Dialogue
  • Stakes
  • Re-writes

Each week, selected participants will bring in sections of their work for feedback.

The workshop will be more fun and useful to participants who have a play that they are already working on, a few scenes, or at the very least, an outline of the idea they wish to pursue. It may be of particular interest (and complementary) to those who have taken an Introduction to Playwriting workshop. Participants can expect to come out of the workshop with a more developed script as well as tools for carrying on with their work and some ideas/suggestions of where to go and what to do with a finished draft.

Participants should bring a short outline/first draft of their piece to the first session, along with a notebook or laptop on which to write.

Brief Outline:

WEEK 1: Introduce ourselves and our work to each other, set up a roster for when each playwright will bring in their work (ideally at least twice). Discuss how the class will be run and do a few writing exercises as a group warm-up.

WEEKS 2 -8: These sessions will all be devoted to individual scripts (up to 3 scripts per session) as well as in-class writing exercises.

Workshop leader

Credit: Sabrina Reeves
Alexandria Haber is an experienced workshop leader and playwright. She has written several plays and radio dramas. She has taught playwriting classes at Concordia, The McGill Writing Center, the QWF and ASM (Actor’s Studio Montreal). Currently, she is the project leader for Infinite Theatre’s Playwrights Unit.  Her most recent play, Alice and The World We Live In, will premiere at the Centaur Theatre in October 2019.

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