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Jump-Start Your Narrative



Event Type(s): Lecture / Workshop, Literary
Organization: WriterHouse
Description: Have you been trying to start a new play, short story, memoir, or novel? Or, are you in the middle of writing a new piece and feeling stuck? This workshop will help you to step outside of your familiar modes of writing to create characters, worlds, and settings that surprise you. Students are asked to bring paper, a pen, and a desire to generate brand new, fresh, and unexpected material. We’ll use playwriting exercises to create new characters or flesh out old ones, draw out the contours of the world of the narrative, and generate dynamic scenes and dialogue. Material generated in class will jump start a work-in-progress or become the seed of a new play, short story, memoir, or novel.

About the instructor: Ariel Stess is a playwright and director. Her plays have been produced at the Wild Project and The Bushwick Starr. Time Out New York calls Stess’ writing “violently funny” and Culturebot says Stess “spins distinct universes with her language”. Stess has been a lecturer in the Dramatic Literature Department at NYU and in the Creative Writing Department at Brooklyn College. Stess is at work on a new commission from Playwrights Horizons, and a new play, an excerpt of which premiered last month at Dixon Place in NYC.
Address: 508 Dale Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Contact Name: Lisa Ellison
Contact Phone: 434-296-1922
Contact Email:
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Date: Saturday, 6/16/2018
Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Time: 4:00 PM
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