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Life Happens: A Script Writing Workshop with Writer Eric Loo
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 6:00pm
Life Happens: A Script Writing Workshop with Writer Eric Loo

April 10-12
Lincoln Hall 315

Dates of Workshop:

Thursday, April 10, 6-9 p.m.
Friday, April 11, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The challenge of this workshop will be to compose a short play (no longer than about 15 pages/minutes and limited to about 4 characters) that will be workshopped with Mr. Loo, and then produced into a staged reading festival in the latter half of spring term. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop the individual skills of student writers and bring us to the next level in composing remarkable entertainment.

Students who wish to participate are to submit an example of their writing and fill out the registration form located at:

Life Happens: A Playwriting Workshop

Have you had something weird, crazy, sad, tragic or adorable happen in your life and thought that moment would make a great play? But you don’t have a lot of time to work on something because... Well, life's busy.

But let's say you had three days to take something you wrote from that idea to a& fully-realized staged reading with actors (and not the voices in your head) reading your words.

That would feel pretty good, right?

Well, you’re in luck because I'm coming to town, April 10-12, 2014 to be your Literary Spotter. You know how, in a gym, a spotter helps you push yourself when you can't possibly lift that weight one more time? That's what I do with writers. I get you to push yourself when you think you've given all you have to give. I help you do what you can't do alone. I help take things to the next level.

Who am I? Good question.

I’m a playwright and TV writer who lives in LA. I studied playwriting as an undergrad at Santa Clara University with Erik Ehn as my personal Yoda. Then I moved to Portland, worked at Wieden + Kennedy, and eventually went to NYC to study Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where I studied with Arthur Kopit, Len Jenkin, Wendy Wasserstein, and Tina Howe. I've spent the past decade developing my own pilots at studios and production companies, coaching writers on their own TV pitches, finding playwrights who want to work in television, and teaching the craft of dramatic writing on the university level. I'm also a Story Consultant, working with private clients on ways to tell their personal stories, whether that's in a TV pilot or a play. My plays have been developed and produced at such places as Rattlestick Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Lark Play Development Center, Pacific Resident Theatre and Rogue Machine Theatre. And here’s what we're going to do: You're going to write a 10-15 minute play ahead of time (that translates into 10-15 pages, roughly. If you're writing a one-person show, probably more like 4-6 pages of material).

Then you'll submit your plays. I'll read them before I come to town.

Then we'll spend two three-hour sessions reading your plays out loud among ourselves, talking about what you want to say, what we're actually hearing and how to get what we're hearing to be closer to what you're trying to say.

Then you get to go home and rewrite the whole thing. Overnight.

On the third day, we'll invite a bunch of actors to cold read your revised scripts.

You'll invite a bunch of your friends, professors and colleagues to hear what we've come up with.

Sound fun? Sound scary? Sound like a lot of work? Yeah, it will be all of those things. But I'll be there. And so will a group of supportive, encouraging and equally scared writers who will be going through the same thing.

See you in April!

Eric Loo

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