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Friday, January 3, 2020

UPCOMING WRITING WORKSHOPS: The Artistic Statement and The 1-Hour Spec Script at Primary Stages ESPA

Primary Stages ESPA has two workshops coming up in January! Whether your New Year's resolution is to get your work out there or to break into television writing, we’ve got the workshop for you. 

Instructor: Stefanie Zadravec (Writer, The Electric Baby at Two River Theatre)

Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12
11:00 am – 3:00pm

This 2-day workshop will help you conquer the overwhelming task of writing about yourself and your work.

This workshop might be for you if:
  • You are planning to apply to play development labs, summer conferences, MFA programs, grants, or fellowships that require an artistic statement. 
  • Your current artistic statement isn’t highlighting your unique voice and vital perspective. 
In this workshop you will:
  • Create a mock application essay prior to the start of the workshop as a jumping-off point. 
  • Complete writing exercises and participate in class discussion to learn how to make your statement—and your application as a whole—more competitive. 
  • Discuss practical tips on articulating how your work is special and relevant.

By the end of this workshop you will have:
  • A solid working draft of a compelling artistic statement. 
  • The know-how to mold and reshape your artistic statement to complement any application. 

Instructor: Allison Robbins (TV and Screenwriting Faculty, NYU Film School and Tisch)

Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19
10:00am – 3:00pm

This 2-day workshop will focus on the core elements of writing a 1-hour dramatic series spec script—based on an existing series—from premise to outline to completed teleplay.

This workshop might be for you if you:
  • Want to learn the fundamentals of writing a 1-hour teleplay. 
  • Want to eventually write an original 1-hour drama pilot. 
  • Are ready to be challenged in a classroom environment that’s conducted like a professional TV series writing room.

In this workshop you will:
  • Learn how to analyze elements of a television series, including character resumes, storylines, escalating conflicts, stakes, and act breaks. 
  • Learn the craft of writing to those goals and outcomes. 
  • Pitch A and B storylines that are unique to your chosen series. 
  • Read outlines and scripts of existing series and be able to breakdown A, B, and C stories.

By the end of this workshop you will:
  • Understand the craft of escalating stakes, intruding conflict into scenes, building tension, earned behaviors, planting seeds, and payoffs. 
  • Have the tools to write your outline into a fully realized teleplay. 
  • Be approved for our 1-Hour Pilot Workshop

Our award-winning faculty, comprised of working professionals in the field, provides practical skills and expert guidance in a collaborative community atmosphere. 

Primary Stages ESPA provides students easy and convenient payment plans to break up tuition. For more information, call 212.840.9705 x215 or email espa@primarystages.org.

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