VIRTUAL – Likely Suspects: Writing the Comic Murder Drama – G201017V
Likely Suspects: Writing the Comic Murder Drama
Are you in the mood for some fiendish fun? Do you have time to compose a crime? In this two-week Zoom workshop, participants will collaboratively develop characters and plot for a comic murder mystery theater performance. Learn about building the arc of a compelling story, writing dialogue, crafting suspense, creating clues, pacing, and editing a script.
The class will meet virtually twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for two consecutive weeks. So, there will be a total of 12 sessions, each one not to exceed 90 minutes. (See details below.)
We’ll begin by selecting the setting and theme for our mystery. Then, we will invent a collection of characters and establish their relationships to one another by writing short biographical descriptions for each character. As a group, the class will select the victim, establish the mode of killing, and outline the motives for each suspect.
Working individually and/or in pairs or trios via email (or Facetime or Skype, if you prefer), participants will write dialogue for the scenes leading to the murder. After a read-through of the rough draft, we’ll revise the script, adding plot twists and clues as necessary. Together, we’ll “solve” the mystery and write the final scene or scenes.
Please click here to view welcome letter and schedule: Welcome Letter – Colleen Anderson
NOTE: Since our class will not be finished at the end of Fall Writing Festival week, our “reading” will consist of a short scene. (It’s possible that not every participant will be featured.) Of course, at the end of the class, everyone will get a copy of the edited final script.
Course spans 6 days over two weeks.
Dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Segment in the morning and afternoon (Oct 5, 7, 9, 12, 14 and 16)
9:00-10:30 a.m. MT and
3:00-4:30 p.m. MT (note: sessions might not run 90 minutes each segment)
$50 – Contribute to scholarship ($250)
-$50 – Need scholarship help ($150)
Course is limited to 12 participants.
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