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Writing Workshop: John Walch

Apr 21 2012 - 12:00pm -- 3:00pm

New Dramatists is thrilled to bring you another one of our monthly, low-cost writing workshops with John Walch's The Feng-Shui of Rewriting. John led his amazing workshop for some of our resident playwrights a few months ago and we highly, highly recommend it to all of you. Please join us Saturday, April 21st from 12-3pm at New Dramatists for just $40!

John's workshop is part of a dual-service program designed by the residents of New Dramatists. All proceeds go towards an Emergency Fund for writers in-need who apply.

Space is extremely limited. Please email ndworkshops@yahoo.com right away for placement.

The Feng Shui of Rewriting

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 re-writer, 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.

John Walch's plays include In The Book Of, Tea-Totaled, The Dinosaur Within, Circumference of a Squirrel, The Nature of Mutation, Jesting with Edged Tools, Craving Gravy or Love in the Time of Cannibalism, Alice Threw the Looking Glass (a parody of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style), Iraq: A Love Story, as well as numerous one acts, collaborations, and shorts. His plays have been produced at theaters such as Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Barter Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Kitchen Dog, New Jersey Rep, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. His work has been developed or commissioned through The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Bricolage Theatre, New Harmony Project, The Playwrights' Center/PlayLabs, and the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London.

Awards: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays; the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award; the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theatre for DoubleTime, the Charlotte Woolard Award from the Kennedy Center recognizing a promising new voice in the American Theatre; the Marc Klein Playwriting Award; and three Austin Critics Table Awards. John is a two time Sloan Fellow, and was a James Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at University of Texas @ Austin, where he earned his MFA in Playwriting. John served as artistic director of Austin Script Works, and has taught playwriting at UT @ Austin, University of Iowa, and Bennington College, among others. Current projects include: DoubleTime—a musical with composer Nile Rodgers with Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he is the Playwright-in-Residence. John lives in Brooklyn, and is a resident playwright of New Dramatists.

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