Thursday, October 19, 2006

Your Creative Process & PlayWorks Ink

Your Creative Process & PlayWorks Ink

Getting Around Your Writer’s Block
with Wendy Lill
How do you move a story forward when the words just won't come, the scenes don’t fit together, and the brilliant monologues seem to belong to another play? There are some basic steps to take and questions to ask to help get you moving again. Bring your stories – and your blocks. Suitable for all ranges of experience.

Writing the Real Story
with Wendy Lill
We all know that truth can be stranger than fiction, but how can we scale down and frame a current or historical event to give it the power and resonance we think it deserves? Bring an event, and some thoughts about why it interests you. We'll discuss research techniques, getting behind the headlines and tackling the question of how to make the local global, and the specific universal. Everyone welcome.

Wendy Lill has written for stage, film, radio and magazines. Four of Lill's plays – The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, All Fall Down, The Occupation of Heather Rose, and Corker – have been nominated for the Governor General's Award. Her plays Sisters and Memories of You have been adapted for television. Lill was the Member of Parliament for Dartmouth, Nova Scotia between 1997 and 2004. Her new play, Chimera, will premiere at The Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in January 2007.

You’ve Written the Final Draft: Now What?

with Caroline Russell-King
This workshop is for anyone who has ever wondered what it takes to make the transition from part-time to professional playwright. Participants will discover what happens between first draft through to closing night and beyond, with strong emphasis on viewing the playwright not only as an artist but as an entrepreneur. Get tips on how to see your script as a product, negotiate commission and royalty contracts, get professional development, find other forms of income, and market your play! Some playwriting experience is recommended.

Caroline's plays have been produced across Canada in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, Quebec and Ontario. Theatre companies that have premiered her plays include: The Glenmore Dinner Theatre (Scrooge - The Female Version, Scheme-a-Dream Christmas, From Here to Insanity and Moments of Madness), The Marquee Dinner Theatre (In the Cards), CBC radio (Search for the Stampede) and Lunchbox Theatre (A Butler Did It and Mounting Sex in the Afternoon Zone). In 1997 her plays Lucky Four and Pigeon Among the Cats each won Honourable Mentions in the National Playwriting Competition. Other awards include The Alberta Playwriting Competition (First Prize, One-Act), the New Play Development Program (two-time winner) and three Alberta Foundation for the Arts senior writers grants. She wrote Strategies: The Business of Being a Playwright in Canada (with Rose Scollard), the first book of its kind, which was published by Playwrights Canada Press.

Writing a Producible Play
with Clem Martini
A play is a unique form of literature in that – while it may be read and appreciated on its own merits as a written text – is best and most completely understood through the vehicle of a theatrical production. What qualities will lead to the production of your script? This workshop will outline some of the characteristics of a producible play, examine previously produced plays and distil further lessons from those examples, and, finally, offer a short utilitarian clinic regarding the participants’ own work. Participants should have some experience with playwriting.

An award-winning playwright, screenwriter and novelist, Clem Martini is equally at home writing for adults and young people, whether for theatre, film, television or the printed page. He is a three-time winner of the Alberta Writers Guild Drama Prize (Nobody of Consequence, Illegal Entry, and A Three Martini Lunch), a Governor General’s Award nominee for his anthology A Three Martini Lunch, and the past president of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. His trilogy of novels, The Crow Chronicles, has been distributed worldwide and translated into French, Dutch, German, Swedish and Japanese. An Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Calgary, Clem lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters.

Registrations have begun and workshops are filling up fast. For more info call 1-888-422-8160, or register online at

Online registrants save $5 off the full weekend package.


Blogger Diane said...

(hmmm, I just made an entry and now it's disappeared ... I hope this one won't be a duplicate) ...

In my previous post I was asking if anyone who attended these workshops would share highlights, key points learned, or general impressions.
northern Alberta writer

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