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"Everyone is a goofball kid at heart, and we don't know what untapped resources of imagination and wit we have within us until we tap them in the name of play," says instructor and playwright Alison Luterman.

In this experiential workshop we will play easy theater games such as three-line scenes, status conversations, and gift giving, using these games as springboards to write our own mini-plays or scenes. We will also spend time exploring one-minute (one-page) plays, a sort of 'flash' drama that offers a glimpse of a complex situation.

"Improv brings out the wild genius in us,” says Alison, “and teaches us to trust our creative impulses. During improv exercises, we will focus on carefully observing and listening to our scene partners as a way to enhance our skills at writing dialogue and description."

By the end of the day, participants will have several mini-plays and "starts" for plays or stories under their belt. "And we will have a lot of fun," says Alison.



    Alison Luterman is the author of four books of poetry, including In the Time of Great Fires and Desire Zoo, and an e-book of personal essays, Feral City. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Rattle, The Atlanta Review, Catamaran, and many other journals and anthologies. She also writes song lyrics, plays, and is interested in hybrid forms. She has been teaching at the Writing Salon for over twenty years, and has also taught through Poets in the Schools, at New College, at Esalen and Omega Institutes and at workshops and conferences around the country. To learn more, you can visit www.alisonluterman.net.

  1. Saturday, July 27, 10:00am-4:00pm


Saturday, July 27, 2019
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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