ONLINE Arrive Late, Leave Early – exciting openings and writing that moves!
Beginnings are hard. But they don’t have to be boring!
Abandoning the been-there-done-that blah of “Once upon a time…”, and finding those wow-bang-surprise opening lines that reel a reader in, this hands-on course takes a look at what your writing needs to grab attention early on and keep it. Avoiding the trap of exposition in opening pages and cutting to the chase every step of the way, these tools will build the instinct for keeping your story moving. How can we avoid the dreaded middle slump? How much info is too much when it comes to introducing characters? How do we set the scene without losing all the momentum?
Using a mix of contemporary examples, instruction, exercises, and more, this class is open to writers from all genres and forms (poetry, fiction/non-fiction, essay, play), and offers the opportunity to experiment with participant’s existing material-in-progress or take a stab at improving the classics.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Louise Casemore is an artist advocate, prairie nuisance, and two-time Sterling Award winning playwright. Originally from Edmonton, she is Artistic Director of indie renegade Defiance Theatre, recipient of the ATP/Enbridge Playwright’s Award, and featured artist in NYC ‘s “Necessary Exposure: The Female Playwright Project”. Original works include OCD, Functional, GEMINI (Chinook Series, High Performance Rodeo), and the upcoming cabaret exorcism that is Undressed with Alberta Theatre Projects. Additional credits include teaching playwriting and performance creation with the Writer’s Guild of Alberta, Alberta Playwright’s Network, ATP Raucous Caucus, APN’s YouthRiot, and serving as a Regional Caucus Representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She remains active in the larger community by way of dramaturgy, policy writing, events, and research; and relishes any opportunity to wear lipstick.