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March Medley Workshops

March 1 @ 8:00 am - March 29 @ 5:00 pm

March Medley Workshops - Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at Northampton Center for the Arts

All events are co-sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild and the Eli Todd Nemetz Fund, a fund through the center forthe arts which helps produce such programs.  A $5 admission fee goes to replenish the fund.

$5 to attend - Pay at the door -  no registration 

March 1 - Screenwriting Basics
Pamela Marin, columnist, memoirist, and screenwriter, helps us learn: How
does screenwriting differ from writing prose? What’s the most important
element of a script? Where do I start? If you’ve ever sat through a movie
thinking, “I can do better than that!” — bring a pen or laptop and try your
hand. We’ll look at how to construct a scene, compare movie dialogue to
normal conversation, and look at the key elements of screenwriting

March 8 - Rivers, Bridges & Spines: Feminist Social Justice through
Code-Switching & Poetic Movement
Join two former Poets Laureate, Janet E. Aalfs and  María Luisa Arroyo,
to joyfully explore the arts of code-switching & poetic movement
through the common lens of feminist social justice & integrative arts
education. Come with curiosity, an open-hearted spirit of playfulness &
clarifying questions. Bring pens & paper & wear comfortable clothing.
Take away with you a sense of possible next steps & inspiration with
which to move forward. There are no writing or movement
prerequisites for this workshop. All are welcomed.  

March 22 - Writing Historical Fiction and Essays
Susan Stinson, novelist, teacher, coach, former Forbes Library writer in
residence, says that the nuance and courage with which we engage with
history is defined by the nuance and courage with which we engage
with story. Research is about seeking experiences that deepen the
stories a writer can tell. It’s also a lot of fun. Research for creative
writing engaged with history includes archival work; place-based
research; sensory research; conversations and interviews; and
experiences of art and other popular culture. Explore resources and do
exercises designed to help you evoke the material, emotional, and
intellectual lives of the characters who appear in your writing, whether
or not they are historical figures.

March 29 How to Speak in Public
Want to build up the confidence to share your writing at public
readings?  Join local performance poet and actor, Nicole Young, to learn
how to properly prepare yourself to read your work aloud.  She'll
provide workshop participants with a toolkit on how to approach the
fear of speaking to large crowds and how to handle situations that might
get derailed whether by making a mistake or even the audience joining
you in unexpected glee. Please bring a sample of your work that you’d
like to practice.



March 1 @ 8:00 am
March 29 @ 5:00 pm