“Nothing Dull: Writing a Play”
This meeting is two weeks earlier than usual, due to scheduling conflicts.
“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.
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.”
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.