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A Story From Your Life: Writing & Presenting  

Lynne Kaufman We are story telling creatures. It is through narrative that we understand and share our life experiences. The popularity of telling and listening to personal stories is attested to by such radio shows such as This American Life, The Moth, Snap Judgment and the performances at our local Marsh Theatre. In this class you learn the principles of creating and performing an effective dramatic narrative. You'll outline, write a five minute monologue, and perform it with constructive feedback from the instructor and the class. The goal is to improve your skills as both a writer and an oral storyteller while enjoying the gift of myriad shared stories. No prior writing or performing experience is necessary. Week One: Lecture on short personal story presentation, Outline of first student stories Week Two: Half the class presents their stories and are critiqued Week Three: Other half presents their stories and are critiqued Week Four: Students outline their second stories Week Five: Half the class presents their stories and are critiqued Week Six: Other half presents their stories and are critiqued We will work to to write and present one or more autobiographical events that while being specific have universal interest. Economy, structure, detail in writing are taught. Voice, gesture, pace are the main elements in presentation. Lynne Kaufman is an award winning, nationally recognized playwright whose twenty full length plays have been produced in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Dallas etc. Her awards include NEA/Kennedy Center New Play Award, The Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco, Theatreworks Prize for Best New Play in California, The William Inge Theatre Center Best New Play, The Neil Simon Festival Theatre Best New Comedy.


This class is not available at this time.