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“Writing plays and screenplays is a form of storytelling that merges poetry and engineering,” says instructor Jessica Litwak. “We create poetry with the specific impediments, accents, rhythms, and cadences in the voices of our characters. We engineer our stories with structural foundations, dramatic arcs, scenes.”
In this fun and generative class, each student will receive a toolbox of skills for writing plays and screenplays. In-class writes and assignments between classes will cover tools such as scene development, dialogue, and story structure. Students will be invited to participate in some partner work between classes for support on homework as well as for additional processing and discussing of in-class lessons.
Jessica says, “Throughout the five weeks, we will read and analyze segments of various scripts based on three elements of script writing: People (Character), Plot (Story), and Poetry (Dialogue). In a safe and nurturing environment, we will share our own works-in-progress and learn a technique for offering supportive feedback on classmates' scripts.”
“Everyone will leave this class with new tools: tools for character development; tools for story structure; and tools for creating authentic, character-based dialogue.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessica Litwak, Ph.D, is an award-winning playwright and actor. She has written over 40 plays which have been produced throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Her work is published by No Passport Press, Smith & Krause, Applause Books and The New York Times. She is a Drama Therapist, puppet builder and recognized leader in the field of socially engaged theatre, Artistic Director of The H.E.A.T. Collective, core member of Theatre Without Borders, and a Fulbright Scholar. She has taught acting and playwriting at SF State, LA City College, Naropa, Whitman College, Columbia University, and NYU.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, July 30, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, August 06, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, August 13, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, August 20, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, August 27, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Jessica is a very eclectic teacher and very gifted in terms of engaging the students through her energy and experience. She is also extremely generous, structured, and comprehensive.
Jessica is all heart for writers. She's a treasure trove of vast caves of information, and she floods it out to students. She really, really cares about the whole class, and the individual writer.
It was thrilling to learn from a world-class playwright. I also liked how the class did a really great job of building community. As someone who is new to the Bay Area, it was great to meet other aspiring writers.