“Drama,” said Alfred Hitchcock, “is life with the dull bits cut out.” In “Nothing Dull: Writing a Play,” playwright Merridawn Duckler will discuss the fundamentals of writing a stage play and the ways these skills are relevant to other forms of writing. The workshop offered by Willamette Writers’ coast chapter takes place Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newport Library.
Merridawn Duckler is a poet and playwright from Portland and the creator of “In Spirit,” a play based on the life and works of the late local artist Rick Bartow, which recently debuted at the Newport Performing Arts Center. She has adapted works by Brecht, Kafka and Omar Khayyam. Her plays have appeared in the Fertile Ground Festival, Portland; IPOP Festival, Olympia; Playwrights Forum Festival, Spokane; Manhattan Shakespeare Project, New York; the SWAN festival, and OCT among others.
Drama editor for Narrative Magazine, Duckler also teaches at the Attic Institute.
All kinds of writers, whether they write fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, will learn how playwriting fundamentals can be applied to their own work, Duckler says. “Participants should bring a notebook or laptop for a fun, inclusive writing exercise that will increase their output, dramatically.”
Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. The organization’s goal is to provide and encourage a creative environment and support system for current and aspiring writers. Since its beginning in 1965, Willamette Writers has provided meeting places for the exchange of ideas and information and has initiated programs designed to help writers increase skills related to the craft of writing. For more information, visit http://willamettewriters.com/coast or Willamette Writers Coast Chapter’s Facebook page.
Willamette Writers thanks the Anchor Pier Lodge, Sylvia Beach Hotel, Hallmark Hotel, and the Inn at Nye Beach for donating lodging for their authors and the Newport Public Library for providing a monthly meeting space.
Willamette Writers Coast Branch
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