Instructor Jessica Litwak says, “I started out my working life as an actor, so I write and teach writing from the inside, embodying story and character with passion, specificity and joy. I work to inspire and guide my students towards strong and clear written expression, particularly through character and dialogue.”
In this 5-week remote workshop, we will explore dialogue through reading and writing prompts in which we examine and generate material. Students will read dialogue from books, plays, and screenplays, discuss what works, how certain dialogue is effective and evocative, or how it falls short. Dialogue writing exercises will focus on embedded exposition, character development through the character’s voice (going deep into accent, tone, impediment, range of voice), and expressing the arc of a story and the shift in a character’s life through dialogue. We will also develop monologues, both inner (reflective voice) and outer (spoken to another character or to the reader).
All students will receive specific and supportive feedback from the instructor and will engage with each other in an atmosphere of creative support. Jessica says, “Everyone will leave the workshop with new tools, a body of work generated during class and in optional homework assignments, and goals for next steps in writing dialogue for fiction and non-fiction as well as dramatic writing.”
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. 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, February 20, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, February 27, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, March 06, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, March 13, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, March 20, 2:00pm-4:30pm
Jessica's multidisciplinary approach is super insightful. I love how she brings in what she's learned from acting and performing to inform character work and dialogue. She has a very personal, approachable style and is great at getting people to come out of their shell and feel comfortable sharing their writing with a bunch of strangers. She is fun, playful, and full of wisdom.
Jessica was very warm hearted and did not appear to ever be in a rush—though we covered a lot of material. She also included voice and dialect exercises—excellent.
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.