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“In all my work in conflict zones and with marginalized communities as a theatre artist and drama therapist, I have witnessed writing to be a powerful tool for understanding, imagining and even implementing justice and peace,” says instructor Jessica Litwak. “Change begins with imagination, and in this workshop we will flex the muscle of our imaginations, build community, and write."
In the first week of this fun, tool-based workshop, we will establish guidelines for safe and free expression within our class community. We will read stories of justice by authors such as Audre Lorde, John Paul Lederach, Bertolt Brecht, and Caryl Churchill, and then we’ll brainstorm some stories of our own in small groups.
In the second week we will engage in writing exercises, exploring People (characters), Plot (a well-crafted story of winning justice over some injustice), and Poetry (the authentic voice of our characters). Through these exercises each participant will generate the beginnings of a monologue, a poem, a scene or an outline for a story in any genre that exemplifies a path from injustice and conflict to just peace.
In the third week, we will share what we’ve written, and we will receive peer and instructor insights to expand on the work and deepen our stories of (in)justice.
Jessica says, “Students are welcome to bring new ideas to class or simply bring an interest in exploring a new script for justice.”
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: Sunday, April 03, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, April 10, 10:30am-1:00pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, April 17, 10:30am-1:00pm