Finding the Story

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Whether you are just embarking on writing a play of any length, or you have completed a draft and are ready to revise, a basic understanding of story principles and structure can be a beacon of light to help you find your way. In this workshop we will consider what questions to ask and when the optimal time is to ask those questions at the various stages of your process of crafting a story. Each week’s topic will be guided by writing generated by the workshop. In addition we will read two or three published plays in an attempt to understand what questions the writers had to answer and what problems they had to solve to tell their stories. Participants can expect each week to consist of a brief presentation on story and structure centered around material generated by the workshop, followed by discussions that will include the topics being considered, the writing and the published plays. By the end of eight weeks each participant will have developed a better understanding of how to find the right questions that can lead to structuring a clear, concise, and elegant story.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Richard Washer

Richard Washer is a playwright and director, and serves as Associate Artistic Director and First Draft Resident Playwright at The Rose Theatre Company. He holds a B.A. (University of Virginia) and an M.F.A. (American University). His work has been produced at venues including Charter Theatre, Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre, Source Theatre, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, New Works Theatre among many others. In March of 2020 First Draft at Rose Theatre Co. will present a staged reading of Dubliners in Exile, a work inspired by the life and works of James Joyce. More about him at:

Teaching style: Richard's goal every workshop is to create a community for writers where everyone involved can explore, develop and stretch their writing skills. This involves not only providing an opportunity to practice writing but to learn how to give and receive feedback in a way that is meaningful to the writer. His hope is that writers find the workshop environment a safe place to learn and explore the craft of writing and that they acquire tools and skills they can apply to the development of their work after the workshop ends.


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