Writing Dialogue (with Kira Rockwell) - ONLINE
As a reader, you feel it in your bones when a line hits and when it rings untrue. As a writer, it's your job to write dialogue that hangs in the delicate balance between truthiness and purpose. It takes time and space to specify the voices who are telling your story. In this class, you will be given that space to strengthen your ear for dialogue. If you're wanting to create realistic, satisfying, character-driven dialogue, then this class is for you. Over the course of three hours, you will take part in generative writing exercises that intend to sharpen your approach to exposition, subtext, breath, idiolects and dialects, pace and rhythm, and you will have the chance to share pieces of your dialogue with the group. Together, we will look to the stellar dialogue work of Katori Hall, Martyna Majok, and A. Rey Pamatmat. This class is designed to meet the individual needs of all levels, at any point in your writing process. It will be most beneficial for writers who bring in a handful of characters to work with during our time together. Go ahead and give yourself permission to really get to know the sound of your characters' voices. This class will be taught from a playwriting lens, but it is well-suited for writers across all genres, including but not limited to, screenwriters, novelists, and fiction writers. For writers of all levels and genres. Limited to 12 writers.
WHEN: 3 Hours: Saturday, December 11 (1 - 4pm EST)
WHERE: Online, via Zoom video conference
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
KIRA ROCKWELL (she/her) is a playwright from the heart of Texas. She is a 2021 Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing with Mass Cultural Council, a recipient of the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting Award, as well as a Runner-up for the Princess Grace Award, among others. Her plays have been supported by The Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Actor's Express, and Third Culture Theatre in partnership with HBO and Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, among others. Her neurodivergent love story is available through Original Works Publishing. Rockwell has a BFA in Theatre Performance and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. As an educator, Rockwell has taught playwriting/theatre at Wheaton College, Boston University, Hyde Square Task Force, and Grub Street. Through a trauma informed lens, she aims to nurture communal healing spaces that disrupt passivity and empower agency. Currently, she lives in Boston with her husband and their rescue pup, Koda.
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ONLINE SESSIONS happen remotely, via Zoom video conference. All you need is a laptop, computer, or phone with functioning audio and a webcam. Those who RSVP receive directions and a link to "join" the session via email (please see above note about receiving the Zoom link). All online instructors will log on to the video conference 10 minutes before the start of the session, to help anyone with technical issues, so please plan to log on early if you'd like assistance! We'll do everything in our power to help you get comfortable with this new format, though when the session begins, we will not be able to assist with technical difficulties.
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If you withdraw from a workshop ten days or more before the start of the class: You'll receive full credit toward another workshop OR a full refund. If you withdraw from a workshop nine days before the start of the class up until 48 hours before: You'll receive a refund minus 20%. If you withdraw from a workshop less than 48 hours before the start of a class or after the class has begun: We are not able to offer you credit toward another class or any refund, unless in the case of a medical emergency, or if we are able to fill your spot. If you are absent on the day of your workshop or miss it for any reason, we are unable to offer any kind of refund. If we have to cancel a class for any reason, you will receive a full refund, or if you choose, credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future PVWW class. Anyone who does not specify whether they would like a refund or a credit for a cancelled class will automatically be refunded. Please contact Joy (email@example.com) for all matters concerning credit and refunds.