La Plume Parlante
La Plume parlante: Workshops and writing circle for playwrighting
LA PLUME PARLANTE
workshops and writing circle for playwrighting
WHEN: Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8PM (starting in October)
WHERE: In L'UniThéâtre's office (#126, 8627 91 Street)
HOW MUCH: $75 for the entire year, workshops included!
La Plume parlante is an initiative for emerging writers/creators from francophone and franco-immersive communities in Alberta. L'UniThéâtre recognizes the necessity of developing artists' skills and believes that workshops and development opportunities for artists, writers, and creators contribute significantly to the cultural community.
La Plume parlante is a writing circle and forum for aspiring and emerging playwrights as well as theatre creators who wish to develop or perfect their craft in an encouraging and welcoming environment.
This initiative offers emerging writers the chance to share their work (in French!) with their peers, once a week, and to attend workshops led by professional artists in order to expand their playwrighting tool kit.
Led by Joëlle Préfontaine, Artistic Director of L'UniThéâtre, the writing forums are an opportunity to read through and discuss participants' writing as a group. The À voix haute rehearsals offer a chance to observe the dramaturgical development of a work by a local artist in preparation for a public reading. Workshops will touch on various aspects of dramaturgical writing and are led by invited professional artists. This year we will have two different workshop series, each led by Elena Eli Belyea and Bevin Dooley.
Elena’s workshops - The workshop in November will be centred on solo shows, particularly on performer-created theatre (in which the performer uses their body and impulses as a way to generate a character and text). The workshops in February will be centred on collective creation and collective writing for theatre (which includes message guides to try as a group), as well as pertinent contracts and agreements that teams go over before starting a new project. Both will be extremely useful and will provide participants with a base of new works they can continue to cultivate.
Bevin’s workshops - Creating characters: In this workshops series, participants will examine how to create complex characters with desires and specific objectives. They’ll learn how the psychology of their characters impacts their actions, and how those actions drive the plot. Finally, they will examine dialogue; how to write dialogue that executes a function and how to find a character’s voice.
Pins by Julia Seymour - When the rural community of Girouxville find out that their grant application to renovate their local curling rink was rejected, the women from the Star Club decide to take things into their own hands and build a five-pin bowling alley in the hopes of creating a tourist attraction to save their shrinking town. Things take an unexpected turn when a disgraced star from the professional five-pin world arrives in the eastern town to train far away from the pressures of her fans as well as her sworn enemy… PINS! is a Frenglish comedy in development.