Arty Girl: Writing Workshops Galore

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Apparently, Arty Girl is all about education this week.

Monday, I blogged about the encaustic workshop at Eye Lounge and today, I'm going to tell you about a couple of writing workshops for all you writers out there looking to improve your craft.

First, we've got "Writing for the Stage" with playwright Kim Porter and then I'll tell you all about the "How to Build a Home for Your Stories" workshop with writer/performer/instructor Tania Katan.

Kim Porter is a writer and performer who has been in the theater business since the late 80's. She's written a dozen plays, won various awards and grants throughout her career and has traveled to New York to see her plays performed.

Obviously, if you're at all interested in becoming a playwright, she'd be a good person to talk to. And, lucky for you, she's running an eight week workshop from October 21st through December 16th. "This workshop is designed to keep the playwright writing and therefore provides accountability, inspiration and problem solving as participants develop their own plays," Porter says.

Interested? Scroll to the end of this blog for more details.

Not interested? Well, read on because Tania Katan's workshop might be more your thing.

"How to Build a Home for Your Stories" is basically for anyone who writes or has ideas for their writing and needs a little kick in the shorts to bring it all together. Katan certainly knows how to make it happen as she's one of the Valley's favorite writing success stories (she authored "My One Night Stand with Cancer" which turned into a hit one-woman show, then bagged the 2006 Judy Grahn Award in Nonfiction and the Stonewall Book Award).

You can sign up for her one day workshop, taking place Sunday, October 25th to focus on the following (taken from Katan's website):

-Finding themes and motifs that already exist within your stories.
-Writing exercises that will focus on developing these specific themes and motifs.
-Outlining: Learning how to create a blueprint for your stories.
-Peer feedback that encourages rewriting, rethinking and reigniting.
-How to construct a sturdy frame to hold your stories within.
-Introduction to Query Letter Writing; a succinct way to show publishers and agents why you are the best builder of a home for your stories.

Interested? Great! Check below for more details.

"How to Build a Home for Your Stories" writing workshop with Tania Katan takes place Sunday, October 25th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. in Phoenix. Fee $100. Visit taniakatan.com for enrollment information.

"Writing for the Stage" writing workshop with Kim Porter has eight Wednesday night sessions from 6:30-9:30 p.m. starting October 21st through December 16th in Tempe. Fee $250. Visit space55.org/education for enrollment information.

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