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Kia Corthron to Hold Master Class at 2019 CityLit Festival


Photo by Bruce E. Rogers, Hermitage Artist Retreat

“Diving into Stage writing: Dialogue and Drama”

with novelist/playwright Kia Corthron (90-minutes)

Many prose writers (and some playwrights) feel confident in their narrative skills but intimidated by the use of dialogue. Is it natural? Does it need to be? How does “natural” in real life differ from that in literature? What are the ethical concerns in writing dialect? In a similar vein, writers sometimes avoid the dramatic—building tension—out of fear of committing the “sin” of melodrama. In this workshop, participants will be given exercises to help facilitate their undertaking of expressive speech and action inherent to the characters they’ve created.
Corthron, as a playwright and novelist, has addressed contemporary issues, and most recently co-produced Imagine: Yemen, an evening of short plays addressing the crisis in Yemen and U.S. responsibility for it, including her short musical Charade. Her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter was the winner of the 2016 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Baltimore productions of her plays include Splash Hatch on the E Going Down at Center Stage and Force Continuum at Cohesion Theatre Company. She has written for television shows The Jury and The Wire.

This article re writing outside one's own ethnicity was originally published in The Dramatist but is downloadable thru writer/dramaturg Jackie Lawton's blog. There are three parts: the first is Corthron’s article but it's important to also read Parts 2 and 3 representing 19 other opinions.

This is something participants can do before the workshop.

See link below to download a PDF about Kia Corthron and this class.

Registration is Required!

The cost for the Master Class is a $10, tax-deductible donation to CityLit. 

To register, CLICK HERE: 

1. Make a $10 donation 

2. In the comment section, note that you are registering for the Master Class 

If you have any questions about the Master Class, call CityLit Executive Director Carla DuPree, 410-271-8793.

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