Your Inner Actor: How Writers Can Use Actors’ Techniques to Deliver “Deep Character” and Create Powerful Scenes
Facilitator: Barbara Kyle
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Venue TBD
Cost: $85 for members, $95 for non-members
Overview: Shakespeare was an actor. So was Dickens. And so are you when you give life to your characters on the page. In the “Your Inner Actor” master class, acclaimed novelist and former actor Barbara Kyle shares insights on how successful writers use actors’ techniques to write from the inside out, and to craft meaningful plots that lead to the central character’s transformation, whether from weakness to strength, or from ignorance to wisdom, however hard-won the victory may be.
The “Your Inner Actor” master class focuses on techniques to:
- plumb your characters’ deepest motivations to propel the plot
- craft emotionally authentic dialogue
- “turn” a scene around characters’ desires and actions to yield the richest drama
- build maximum power in your story’s pivotal “big scenes”: the inciting incident, the turning points, and the climax
- plus, an interactive session on “Making an Entrance” shows how to design the most dynamic introductory scene for your protagonist
You’ll take home techniques that will guide you to create the kind of story that publishers want and readers praise.
About Barbara Kyle
Barbara Kyle is the author of the acclaimed Thornleigh Saga series of historical novels (“Riveting Tudor drama”– USA Today), and of thrillers, including Beyond Recall under pen-name Stephen Kyle, a Literary Guild Selection. Over 500,000 copies of her books have been sold. Before becoming an author, Barbara enjoyed a twenty-year acting career that included leading roles in three TV series and stage productions in Canada and the U.S. Barbara has taught writers at the University of Toronto and is a popular presenter at writers’ conferences. As a writing mentor, she has launched many writers on the path to published success. Her latest book is Page-Turner: Your Path to Writing a Novel that Publishers Want and Readers Buy. Visit www.BarbaraKyle.com
Note: Lunch not included; please bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive to a local coffee shop. Some vending machines are on the premises, but we cannot guarantee what items will be available.
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