Nov. 18 - 20
(* note date change)
Join accomplished playwright and one of the country’s leading dramaturgs Buzz McLaughlin (http://www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.com) for an immersive weekend retreat focusing on narrative story development and the writing process. The workshop is designed to serve all writers--playwrights, screenwriters, and writers of fiction and will analyze and expand upon participants’ initial story ideas, introduce various pre-draft exploratory exercises, and present the process of building a viable story structure from the discoveries made. Participants will be asked to bring with them a new story idea that will be developed in the workshop. Several writing exercises will be assigned and shared.
In the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of rural Vermont you will:
Be introduced to the key elements in story analysis, in-depth character exploration, and the basic tenets of successful story structure.
Reinforce the structural foundation of your work while crafting a strong arc in your story
Leave with new methods of approaching the development and exploration of story ideas that transform your writing process
1. Weekend Retreat Package: $425 per person
Arrive on Friday, 9/16 by dinner, depart by noon on Sunday, 9/18
Includes lodging of a private room and shared bath along with all weekend meals. Please see Lodging,Travel and Meals for more information.
2. Saturday Commuter Package: $225 per person
Arrive by 9am Saturday, joining for all daytime activities and shared lunch -- departing before dinner
Please choose the selected workshop amount from the "GET TICKET" options above.
Payment plans can be arranged upon request, and will be payable by check only.
More About Buzz McLaughlin:
Buzz McLaughlin is a playwright and screenwriter, theatre and film producer, script consultant, and teacher. His plays, which include Transcendence, Leaving Jane, Traverse des Sioux, Sister Calling My Name, Spirit on the Plains, Absent Without Leave, Limits, and Wings (a musical adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds), have been produced in NYC and regionally in the U.S. and Canada. With his wife Kris he has written several screenplays and teleplays. His work has won numerous national competitions, including the National Play Award for Sister Calling My Name, and he is the recipient of a Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has twice been a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project, a national playwrights/screenwriters conference held annually in New Harmony, Indiana, and for many years was on the Project's advisory board. He is currently the Program Director of the MFA program in Writing for Stage and Screen offered by the New Hampshire Institute of Art and is co-founder/producing partner of the independent film company Either/Or Films (www.eitherorfilms.com) that produced the feature films The Sensation of Sight (www.thesensationofsight.com), starring Academy Award Best Actor nominee David Strathairn, and Only Daughter (www.onlydaughterfilm.com). He runs a professional script consulting service and is the Founding Director and former Artistic Director of Writers Theatre of New Jersey (www.wtnj.org) a professional (AEA) theatre currently in its thirtieth year dedicated to the development of new and emerging playwrights and writers in various other genres (formerly called Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey). A former Professor of Theatre Arts and playwright-in-residence at Drew University, Buzz taught playwriting and screenwriting and, as chairman, founded and built the department into one of the leading undergraduate theatre programs in the country. Prior to his years at Drew he was an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia where he developed the university’s MFA program in theatre. His book, The Playwright's Process: Learning the Craft from Today’s Leading Dramatists (Back Stage Books) includes extensive excerpts from his four-year interview series at the Dramatists Guild, NYC, with sixteen of America’s foremost playwrights. He holds a doctorate in theatre and dramatic literature from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America.
More About Buzz’s Writing Process:
Visit Buzz’s blog at www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.blogspot.com where he posts weekly about various aspects of the writing process.
“The successful development of a “story” into a viable finished work demands the application of specific dramatic ingredients or components. These elements must somehow be solidly in place for the tale to be well told and consistently capture and hold a reader or audience. In other words, there are a set of fundamentals that all good stories possess, regardless of genre. And every new story idea needs to have these fundamentals embedded in it before it can be developed into a successful script or work of fiction. To do otherwise is begging for frustration.”