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Resident to Resident Workshop: The Feng Shui of Rewriting

Jan 28 2012 - 1:00pm -- 4:00pm

The French call it “élan vital”, the Romans called it “vital spark,” smoothie makers in Berkley call it “raw energy”, hipsters in Williamsburg call it “Red Bull”, Chinese philosophers call it “Qi.” Whatever you call it, plays, especially early drafts, are hopefully filled with vitality or Qi. In rewriting, the goal is to build on those furious first sparks, to maximize the flow of Qi throughout your play, without snuffing out the impulses behind the initial creation. But how? A once tortured rewriter, shares how he came to approach rewriting in a totally non-Aristotelian, non-denominational, non sequitur, and no nonsense way. In this workshop, writers are introduced to three basic principles of Feng Shui and are invited to apply them to a specific piece they are trying to rewrite. Writers should come thinking about a play (or really anything) they want to reorganize and rewrite. The more resistance, the better. Bring whatever you write with, as we’ll do some light stretching exercises. And if you don’t have anything to rewrite, but have a closet or desk drawer to reorganize, what the hell, come anyway.

Led by John Walch.

This workshop is closed to the public and is part of a new resident to resident writing workshop initiative at New Dramatists.

Event Details
  • Location
    424 West 44th Street
  • Closed to the Public
 
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