Perfect for writers of all experience levels!
Writing strong characters with authentic dialogue is a craft, but it begins with being able to listen and observe, repeat and hone. Generally, we are our own biggest obstacles—fear of not knowing, fear of being wrong, fear of committing to something. It’s important to write as intimately and specifically as you can, just as it is useful to write as epically and universally as you desire. It’s a tightrope. It’s an inside job. You can come at it from the outside in or the inside out. But the secret is, you need both paths. We will do a mix of writing prompts and reading aloud. You will leave this workshop with a firm grasp of what and whom you’re writing about and what your next steps are.
July 7, 9am-Noon EST
July 8, 3-6pm EST
July 9, 6-9pm EST
July 10, 6-9pm EST
Online. We will use www.zoom.us and a link will be emailed to you prior to class. You must have a working internet connection.
Come in with a photograph of someone you don’t know but something about them compels you and you want to write about them. Could be a photograph with two people in it; come in with a line from a poem that speaks to you; come in with an obituary you read that made you wonder, what was that person like? If you have it, come with the story you want to tell, and if you don’t, let’s find it and you’ll begin it.
Winter Miller is an award-winning playwright and founding member of the Obie-recognized collective 13 Playwrights. She is best known for her drama IN DARFUR which premiered at The Public Theater. IN DARFUR won the “Two-Headed Challenge” commission from the Guthrie Theatre and the Playwrights Center. Winter traveled with her former boss, New York Times Pulitzer-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof to the Sudan border to research on the ground. IN DARFUR has been produced in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Florida, Massachusetts and Canada. Her plays include NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN (Kilroys Hon Mention, 2016, The Magic Theatre’s Playwrights Week 2016, Salt Lake Acting Company Playlab 2017), SPARE RIB (Relentless Awards Hon Mention 2016, Kilroys Hon Mention 2015, Civilians R&D), LOOK AT US (The Cherry Lane), and IN DARFUR (The Public Theater and regional prods at TimeLine, WAM, Theatre J, Horizon, The Landing, THE PENETRATION PLAY (Dir. Josh Hecht, 13P, NYC). Her work has been supported by NYFA Artist 2016, The Civilians R&D Lab 2015, The Lark 2014, Playwrights Center Core Writer Residency 2011-2014, and fellowships from Sundance Institute, Hedgebrook, The Cherry Lane, the Lark, Orchard Project, Space on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop Monday @3 and Blue Mountain Center. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist. A playwriting instructor and mentor, Ms. Miller leads Weekend Warrior Intensives and Series Six workshops. Adjunct Professor at The New School MFA, SUNY Purchase B.A., Primary Stages ESPA, Visiting Lecturer Princeton, New York Theatre Workshop’s Mind the Gap, Girl Be Heard, Sundance Institute, Stella Adler Outreach, Arts Connection TRaC (2x finalist President’s Coming Up Taller Award) and worked with youth in refugee camps in Northern Uganda and Palestine. She has made plays with marginalized youth, HOME/AWAY (Theatre Askew) and CONSPICUOUS (Keen Company).