IMPROVISATION WORKSHOPS with writer and television and stage actor Melanie Chartoff (Seinfeld, Fridays, Rugrats, Newhart…. and JWT!)
$55 Introductory session Saturday, 1:00-400pm; $400 10-week Course Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm
Melanie Chartoff’s improvisational exercises empower both non performers and seasoned writers to increase the flexibility of their voices, body language and imaginations. Come discover underused aspects of your humanity and humor in play. Learn from a pro in the improv, acting, and writing arts, and laugh madly and often as you increase your confidence in communicating with anyone, anywhere, anytime.
You don’t need a traumatic childhood to write a memoir. You don’t need terrible parents, death or drug addiction to write a compelling story about your life. Authors like Jo Ann Beard (The Boys of My Youth) and Terry Tempest William (Refuge) have written stunning, lyrical stories about their lives without depending on high drama to make it interesting.
This course will teach you how to write compelling narrative nonfiction, which includes memoir, personal essays and other formats of creative nonfiction with or without that traumatic past. By giving you the tools to conceive and write your story, plus the opportunity to workshop your writing in a safe peer environment, this course will bolster your courage and help you write and publish your personal truth. Prepare for fun and challenge as you embark on this inspiring journey and begin work on your personal story.