The Play’s the Thing: Video Series and More!

Like so many other artists and educators out there, this pandemic hasn’t slowed me down. If anything, it’s pushed me to amp up resource creation and leap out of my comfort zone into the realm of remote instruction. In addition to creating and remotely facilitating Trauma-Informed Practice for Arts Education Administrators with the Bartol Foundation,... Continue Reading →

Building a Space to Grow and Connect

Happy New Year! For me, 2020 will be a year of building - including building more writerly resources to share with all of you. Before I get to it, I don’t want to let the year slide by without shouting out an incredibly important part of my artist and educator life - connecting the crucial... Continue Reading →

IMPACT: The Potential of Your Voice

It’s time to talk about the very real power of your potential. In science, potential energy is the stored, untapped energy that a body has by virtue of its stressors, structure, or position in relation to its environment. It’s energy that hasn’t yet been put to use, but that potential is formidable...and measurable. Think of... Continue Reading →

Theme Memes: Start With The End

When I conference with writers, they often say they’re having trouble coming up with a satisfying ending. Instead of talking to them about their plot, I ask them to tell me about their intended impact: when their audience reaches the end, what do they want them to be feeling and thinking? Some writers are immediately... Continue Reading →

Stopping the Reader’s Heart: Creating Tension

Raising the stakes – and sustaining the conflict and tension that result – is crucial to storytelling. Reblogging this great post from Richie Billing which gives solid guidance and tips about leveraging tension!

Richie Billing

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Can you think of a moment in a novel or story when you lost all awareness of your surroundings? The only thing that mattered was happening on the page, and then at the end you come up for air and utter a “fuck.”

In reality, we don’t like a life full of tension. In fiction, however, the opposite is true. As readers we love stress and tension; we seek it out. When we read pages laden with tension a hormone is released into our bloodstream which stimulates…

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Make Every Line Count

Yesterday I had a great time running a revision workshop for the eighteen writers in Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival. At this point in the process, the writers have done an amazing job working with their professional actor, director, and dramaturg to deepen their monologues by adding details and raising the stakes. While their... Continue Reading →

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