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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)

Rates:
Suggested: $200
$50 – Contribute to scholarship ($250)
-$50 – Need scholarship help ($150)
Course is limited to 12 participants.

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Welcome to autumn at Ghost Ranch - a festival of color and creativity. Whether you choose to paint with brushes or fire or thread or write with a pen or a computer, let the hues of the ranch and the companionship of your colleagues inspire your pages and projects.

DURING THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC PERIOD, FULL REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AS REQUESTED FOR WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED THROUGH AUGUST. THIS PERIOD MAY BE EXTENDED OR REFUNDS CONSIDERED PER REQUEST. PLEASE CONSIDER LEAVING YOUR FUNDS ON DEPOSIT FOR ANOTHER GHOST RANCH WORKSHOP OR FUTURE STAY. OR, CONSIDER DONATING A PORTION TO HELP US THROUGH THIS UNIQUE BUSINESS PERIOD.

Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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Instructors

  • Colleen Anderson
    Colleen Anderson

    Colleen Anderson is a graphic designer, writer, and singer/songwriter who lives in West Virginia. Her interest in paper art and craft dates back to childhood, but she became a dedicated origami enthusiast about 15 years ago, after discovering Tomoko Fuse’s modular box designs. She is also an avid amateur photographer. Her origami and photography notecards are sold in a number of handcraft outlets and bookstores.

Date

Oct 05 2020 - Oct 16 2020

Cost

$150-$250

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