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Writing & Performing the Monologue Craft talk with Jayne Benjulian (via Zoom)
August 6 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm$124.00
Accessing an interior life, and giving voice to that life so an audience can believe in it, is the art of monologue. In this workshop, we will consider the kind of monologues that give voice to an interior life or the life of a fictional or dramatic character. A monologue can stand on its own or become part of a larger work. Monologues generally take one of three forms: speaker addressing another character; speaker unraveling the thoughts of her own mind to herself; speaker addressing an audience. All three can be deployed as theater, poetry in the form of a dramatic monologue and the speech or thought of a character in fiction and memoir.
This workshop will offer you a framework for shaping monologue projects now & into the future.
The workshop includes:
* A breakdown of what makes a monologue compelling to an audience
* Guidance on sculpting your work & defining the voice of your piece
Playwrights, storytellers, prose writers, poets & experimenters welcome. This workshop is perfect for writers using the first person in theater, fiction and creative nonfiction.
This class will be taught via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants at the time of registration and again in the day before class. Please write to [email protected] with questions.
Jayne Benjulian is the author of Five Sextillion Atoms. Her work appears in numerous literary and performance journals. Jayne served as chief speechwriter at Apple, investigator for the public defender in King County, Washington and director of new play development at Magic Theater in San Francisco. She was an Ossabaw Island Project Fellow; teaching fellow at Emory University; lecturer in the Graduate Program in Theater at San Francisco State University; and Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Lyon, France. She earned an MA at Emory University and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Jayne is an inspired coach for artists and writers. She founded the Berkshire Writers Project ®, where she helps artists develop their book projects, coaches poets and prose writers and teaches the writing and performance of poetry and monologue.