My summer at LMU so far has been full of new opportunities. I have now settled into my summer job as an Arts in the Gap intern and have been working hard these past few weeks. I have had a busy summer so far, but I have enjoyed every single moment of it. I have been busy with cleaning, check-ins, art gallery shifts, and AitG workshops. I have had my hands full, but I have learned so much from all of our workshop instructors and participants. One of my favorite workshops was the play writing workshop hosted by Lisa Soland. In this workshop, I wrote plays and even performed in a few. Playwriting was a new experience for me, and I am so glad I had the chance to take this class. In today’s post, I will share everything I learned during Lisa Soland’s Plawright Intensive!
I liked Lisa Soland’s playwriting workshop because I enjoy writing dialogue. In short stories, you usually have to build up to the dialogue, and I find that can be overwhelming at times. When I am writing, I usually write the dialogue first and then write the rest of the story around it. There is probably a better way to do it, but that’s what I do! I love writing short stories, but I enjoy writing plays because I can focus on character interaction. When you write a play, the dialogue is the main focus. I like that because I can focus on that interaction and focus the situation on what the characters are saying. However, it is not always best to rely on dialogue alone. Stage directions are also a vital part of the play because they instruct how the dialogue should be delivered. I discovered that simple stage directions, such as directing the actor to smile, can impact the play and the audience and can help better express the author’s meaning. It is the small yet noticeable details that captures the audience’s attention and gets the writers ideas across. This workshop was a new experience for me. I am used to writing poetry and short stories, but I have now found a new interest in playwriting!
Improvising and Acting.
During the playwriting workshop, we spent a lot of time reading and performing each other’s plays. This helped the writers because they had a chance to see their plays performed. This also gave us the chance to try out acting. I had never tried to act before, but I found that I enjoyed it. I do not think I am going to be in any movies anytime soon, but I still had fun. I enjoyed improvisation the most because it gave me the chance to do what came most naturally to me while expressing myself creatively. This also helped the writers come up with realistic dialogue. Improvisation helped me to see how others reacted to my scripts and what they would say in certain situations. I got some great ideas from watching my classmates improvise! It was also fun to watch, especially since the actors were hilarious!
Lisa Soland was a great teacher, and I learned so much from her during the playwriting workshop. She is a terrific actor and a wonderful person. I am glad that I have had the chance to learn from her, and I am glad to know her because she is a very sweet person. Playwriting had never crossed my mind before I took her workshop, but now I think I might give it a go and write a play! I certainly enjoy playwriting enough to at least try to write a ten minute play. This summer has been full of so many new experiences, and so far, playwriting has been one of my favorites. I have had a lot of fun and am glad that I have had the chance to learn so much. I am not done yet though! My AitG internship is far from over, and I still have a lot to do. I still have a ton of workshops left, and I can’t wait to tell my readers all about them.
Do you have any experience with playwriting or acting? I only have five days of experience, but if there is anyone who would like to share their own expertise in this field, I would love to hear from you. Just leave me a comment, and I will get back to you as soon as I can! Thank you for reading my blog. Remember to like this post and make sure to check back every other Wednesday for a new one!