Making Story

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James Lecesne
Week 4: July 1 to July 6
ORIENTATION: July 1, 6:00-7:30 PM
WORKSHOP: July 2-6, 9am-Noon
Discipline: Multi-Genre
Open to All

Workshop Description 

Are you ready to develop your next play, novel, solo show, TV pilot or children’s book? This workshop will give you the tools you need to tell your story. You will find a voice to speak your emotional, political and personal truth, and create a structure that will carry your story further into the world with power and clarity. The work we do over the course of the week is primarily about how to structure your story. We will review the basic elements of story, and then discuss how those elements apply to yours. As you present to the group, we will puzzle out the underlying conflict, illuminate the characters, uncover your deeply held beliefs and create a vivid map of your story. The goal is to leave you familiar with the landscape of your story and have a clear idea of where to dig for treasure, as well as a tangible plan to continue working.

Please note no discounts apply to this workshop. 


James Lecesne wrote the short film Trevor, which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project. He has written three novels for young adults and created The Letter Q, a collection of Letters by Queer Writers to their Younger Selves. The New York Times has ranked him "among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation."