Improvisational Writing with Wendy Goldman

    640 433 Play Penn

      When we let go of the reins, no telling how we’ll surprise ourselves!

      This workshop uses improvisational writing games to inspire creativity. There’s a reason improv games are called “games” — to get us back in touch with a more playful part of ourselves. When we lose the ability to go with whatever comes up, we stifle our originality. Improv helps to silence the critical voices in our heads. The class is intended to be light, deep, serious, funny, whatever the moment stirs up. It is process-oriented rather than product-oriented. But the short pieces the students create could be the seeds of longer projects they never dreamed of writing. Some pieces will be based on the students’ memories and some engage the imagination, all guided with specific instructions and prompts.

      May 2-3 from 1-5pm

      Center City Philadelphia


      No preparation, homework, or performing involved. This course is designed for all levels. For experienced writers, it’s an opportunity to have fun and connect with why they wanted to write in the first place. For new writers, this class is ideal. You don’t need to know anything, prepare anything, or do anything other than show up and be open. All are welcome.

      Wendy Goldman has had a long career as a film and TV writer-producer. Most recently, she was an Executive-Producer on the critically acclaimed MTV series “Faking It.” Wendy started as an actress and was a company member of the famed LA comedy troupe, The Groundlings. Her improv background informed the way she writes, how she developed characters, and found her voice as a writer. Wendy currently lives and writes plays in NYC. She’s led a variety of Master Classes, including at Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and the Writers Guild of America East, and has been a guest lecturer at colleges such as UC Riverside and Claremont McKenna College Center for Writing and Public Discourse. She regularly offers “Improv for Writing” workshops for new and experienced writers of all genres and consults as a Writing Coach.



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      When you register for a PlayPenn class before March 1, 2020 you’ll be invited to submit your unproduced, full-length play for consideration for a professional staged reading. PlayPenn will produce one student’s play as a reading with a professional director, professional actors and a PlayPenn dramaturg in Philadelphia in summer 2020. Only plays that have not had a professional production or reading will be considered. If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you along with a submission form.

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