From Page to Stage: Writing Creative Nonfiction for Performance with Mike Dressel and Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM until Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM


    Sarah Lawrence College
    1 Mead Way
    Bronxville, NY 10708
    United States

    Instructor: Mike Dressel and Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons
    5 sessions, $450

    Nothing informs your story like hearing someone else perform your story!
    Compose a creative nonfiction story using the collaborative process created by the producers of the nonfiction reading series,No, YOU Tell It!
    Whether developing a true-life tale for a venue likeThe Moth orRISK! or working to sharpen it for publication, our “page to stage” process allows writers to gain a new perspective on the story they want to tell by hearing their words read out loud by someone else, while also improving their own stage presence.
    This five-week session takes you from brainstorming, through drafting, to a finished piece of creative nonfiction.
    ·        Session one features generative exercises such as “I Remember” and “Sensory Blitz” to brainstorm memorable moments and sharpen sensory details.
    ·        Sessions two and three feature group exercises with targeted feedback for each writer. We’ll also explore revision strategies to find shape and structure, develop your “I-character,” and raise the stakes.
    ·        Sessions four and five address pacing in performance, strengthening story beats, and rehearsing basic stage techniques to help embody your partner’s story and give it a littleoomph in the final reading.
    Expectations:By the end of this workshop, participants take an idea from a thematic suggestion all the way through to a polished draft, engage in useful feedback and revision techniques, and consider the importance of audience and delivery.
    More about us:No, YOU Tell It!is a “switched-up” storytelling series dedicated to performing true-life tales with a twist: Each participant develops their own story on the page and then flip scripts with a partner to present each other’s story on stage. We've found that this shared storytelling format creates a sense of trust and ownership, and blends the collaborative process of creative writing workshops with the intimacy and immediacy of theatrical performance.
    Mike Dresselis a writer and educator. His work has appeared in publications such asLitbreak,The James Franco Review,Chelsea Station, andVol. 1 Brooklyn, among others, as well as in the anthologiesBest Gay Stories 2016andBest Gay Stories 2017. He has been a judge for The Prose Bowl, a flash fiction reading series, and a panelist on the comedy news show Fight the Feed.

    Kelly Jean Fitzsimmonsis a writer, teacher, and storyteller. Her recent work has appeared inHippocampus Magazine,Marie Claire,Black Fox Literary Magazine,Newtown Literary, and she is a 2017 Pushcart Prize Nominee. After earning her MFA in creative nonfiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University, she created No, YOU Tell It!, a switched-up storytelling series with a twist: Each NYTI participant develops their own story on the page and then flips scripts with a partner to present each other’s story on stage. Learn more and listen to the podcast atwww.noyoutellit.com.

    Writing Institute Registration Process:

    Step 1 - Registration Information: Complete this registration form in full.

    Step 2 - Payment: Once you click submit on this form, a new page will appear in your browser with a payment link. Click on the payment link, complete the required information, and submit your payment. 

    Payment is required for your registration to be confirmed.If we don’t receive your payment within 48 hours of submission of this form, your registration will automatically be cancelled. You will have to complete the form again if you wish to register for the class.

    Step 3 - Confirmation:Once we receive your payment, your registration will be finalized and confirmed with an email. Please keep this email for your records.  Details about room assignment, parking, and any other information relevant to the course will be emailed to registered students the week before classes begin.

    If you have questions about the registration process, please call us at 914-395-2205 or email writinginstitute@sarahlawrence.edu.


     

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