‘From Page to Stage’ workshop begins Feb. 18
The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow
is partnering with Five & Dime Drama
Collective to offer a series of workshops
called “From Page to Stage,” kicking
off from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
18, at the Writers’ Colony.
Writers’ Colony director Linda
Caldwell said writers should come to
the workshop with a project prepared
to adapt into a performance piece. It
doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, a memoir
or even a chapter from a book, Caldwell
“If they think they can adapt that to
perform … it’ll take them through the
series,” Caldwell said.
Hopkins, a founder of Five & Dime
Drama Collective, said four experienced
instructors will offer their guidance.
These instructors are Kenn Woodard,
Larry Horn, MacKenzie Doss and Tom
Gorsuch. Hopkins said each instructor
has something to bring to the table to
help writers adapt their work to a play.
“They will be able to walk the partic -
ipants through the process of taking a
piece or two of their writing and adapting
it for a performance on a stage,”
Hopkins said. “There will be a lot of
discussion about what’s involved with
visualizing the work on stage.”
When creating a play, Hopkins said,
it’s important for the dialogue to explain
everything happening. There’s
no background narrative describing the
characters’ motivations, Hopkins said.
She said writers will learn how to critique
their work and the work of others
throughout the series.
“We want everybody to learn from
each other,” Hopkins said.
Some assignments will need to be
completed between workshops, she
said, and each workshop will be part of
a larger process. It’s important, Hopkins
said, for writers to attend every workshop
during the series.
“This is the kind of thing where we
would want people that can commit to
all four workshops and commit to doing
the work in between the sessions in
order to keep things moving,” Hopkins
said, “so that by the end of the process,
they’ll have a piece of performance art.”
“It would be useless for someone to
come to just one workshop,” she said.
Once the piece is complete, Hopkins
said, actors from Five & Dime will
come in to perform it.
“It won’t be a fully produced play
by any means, but that process gives
writers in general such a rich experience
of what they’ve written,” Hopkins
said. “That is a really great experience
for local writers of any genre to kind of
explore and exercise their writing skills
and learn a new way of seeing it.”
Seeing your work performed on
stage, Hopkins said, is similar to having
it published. That’s because it’s being
shared with the public, she said. From
there, Hopkins said, writers can submit
their pieces to various contests. Five &
Dime will be soliciting scripts later in
the year, she said.
“There’s no guarantees, but there’s a
lot to be learned and a lot of avenues
to explore when the workshop is over,”
The series is scheduled for Sunday afternoons
from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 18,
Feb. 25, March 4 and March 11. It’s free
to attend, but space is limited. Caldwell
said 10 spots are available and four people
are already signed up.
“It could fill up,” Caldwell said.
“People should not tarry.”
To reserve a spot, call 479-25307444
or email email@example.com.