Presented in Partnership with Workshop West Playwright’s Theatre as part of
Springboards, A New Play Festival
LOCATION: The Gateway Theatre
8529 Gateway Blvd NW
Workshops will be held in the Studio/Workshop Room, offices will be available on site for the one-on-one consultations.
Story to Script: Finding character and drafting dialogue
March 19, 23 & 26
Katherine Koller, Facilitator
Maximum number of registrants: 12 – Three spots left!
This intensive is for emerging playwrights and writers new to playwriting.
It focuses on story finding, character development and dialogue drafting, and has three components:
- Workshop 1: Finding the Voice of the Story (2 hours) Sunday, March 19, 2-4 pm
There are three writing exercises designed to help you get closer to your character and to your story. We will look at three ways of “hearing” and “seeing” the main character, their desires and their place in the story.
- One-On-one Sessions with Katherine (20-30 min each) Thursday, March 23, 2-6 pm
These sessions are for talking out the premise, conflict or heat of the story, and to prepare drafting a simple scenario or outline or to make notes for the next draft.
- Workshop 2: Conversation to Dialogue (2 hours) Sunday, March 26, 2-4 pm
We will discuss dialogue for playwriting, what it is and is not, what it can do and why. There are three writing exercises to draft a pivotal moment in your play.
**Previous playwriting experience is not required for this workshop, but participants may send a draft of a scene, or outline, or a synopsis of an idea (5 pages maximum) to [email protected] or upload to the registration form below.
I’m doing fine – $30
I’m doing okay – $38
I’m doing great! – $45
Please register using the form below. After submitting the form, you will be taken to a payment page. Writers who are experiencing financial hardship can contact WWPT at [email protected] to propose payment of other arrangements.
Katherine Koller writes for stage, screen and page. Her first plays, Cowboy Boots and a Corsage and Magpie, were for CBC radio. Her full-length stage plays include her Alberta LandWorks Trilogy: Coal Valley, The Seed Savers and Alberta Playwriting Competition winner, Last Chance Leduc. Riverkeeper, her latest play, was a Finalist in the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, The Judith Royer Award, and the Alberta Playwriting Competition. Her web series, about Edmonton youth changing their world, is at sustainablemeyeg.ca. Art Lessons, her novel, was a Finalist for the Edmonton Book Prize and the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award. Winning Chance, her collection of short stories, won a 2020 High Plains Book Award and the Exporting Alberta Award. Katherine teaches at the University of Alberta and is co-producer of Script Salon, a monthly new play reading series.
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