‘From Page to Stage’ workshop begins Feb. 18

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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

said.

“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.”

Caldwell agreed.

“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,”

Hopkins said.

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 director@writerscolony.org.

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