The multiple aspects of the self are an abundant source of material for any writer. In this workshop, writers will be encouraged to explore the many characters they call upon within themselves for inspiration and as an aid to creating complex and dimensional work. The premise is that a writer is freed when his or her sense of human character is less fixed and more varied than we have otherwise been taught. This workshop is guided from playwright’s perspective, since playwrights are constantly dealing with the challenge of creating multiple voices in dialogue, all of which must be equally compelling and authentic, but writers in all genres are welcome. Letting the voices speak and claiming all of them as our own is not only fundamental to the craft of writing, but essential to any reckoning with the self. In this intensive course, participants will write approximately seven finished pages per day, and the course will culminate in producing a substantial piece of writing. Participants should expect to have created at least one fully realized, complex scene at the end of the program. Open to all writers, including playwrights, novelists, and short story writers.
About Ellen McLaughlin:
Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a Bird, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Trojan Women, Infinity’s House, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace—Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award.