"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell
"Life is lived forwards but understood backwards" - Soren Kiekegaard
The surest way to find authenticity and originality in our writing is to write about what we know: the events, people, and emotions that we ourselves have experienced. This workshop will help us to capture these significant moments and insights and to transform them into compelling and universal narratives whether in fiction or non-fiction. We will focus upon structure but attention will also be paid to dialogue, characterization and dramatic action. In each session we will share our stories and engage in constructive critique. This workshop is for writers of all levels of experience who wish to improve their story telling abilities and better understand their lives.
Lynne Kaufman is an award-winning playwright and novelist whose plays have been produced at the Magic Theatre, TheatreWorks, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Florida Studio Theatre, and the Abingdon Theatre. Her play, Acid Test: The many incarnations of Ram Dass is currently running at The Marsh Berkeley. She teaches creative writing for OLLI programs at San Francisco State University and Dominican University.
"The things I learned about my habits of mind when I write apply to other genres as well as drama."
"[The] instructor brings out the muse in everyone."
"This has been a howlingly successful course, even for experienced writers."