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March 16, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm$10
A Writing Workshop led by Jayne Benjulian
Tickets $10; for registration, visit Voice Triumphant Tickets.
In Voice Triumphant we examine and practice the illusion of the spoken word in poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose. Monologue is an illusion. So is dialogue, for that matter. In both, a writer deploys language to create the illusion of a mind expressing—or struggling to express—or struggling to hide—ideas and feelings. We say about many poems and stories that there is a “speaker”; however, the speaker, too, is a literary creation. Voices are writer-created and inspired. In what voice (or voices) would you like to write? How might you develop such an illusion? In this workshop, we will hear particular ways of organizing the English language that sound like somebody speaking. We’ll experiment with elements of voice, appropriating tools from the actor’s & poet’s toolbox, scribbling & performing monologue drafts that may become poems, stories, memoir or dramatic scenes. All are welcome: beginners to advanced poets, prose writers and playwrights.
Jayne Benjulian teaches and writes about the theater, poetry and the influence of artists on each other. The author of the forthcoming poetry collection Five Sextillion Atoms, her poems appear in recent issues of Agni, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, Women’s Review of Books, Nimrod International, Poetry Daily and a dozen other journals. Her essays are published in Ms., HowlRound, The California Journal of Women Writers and Agni Online. She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, and has served as Director of New Play Development at Magic Theatre, Visiting Lecturer in the Graduate Program in Theater at San Francisco State University and Fulbright Fellow in Lyon, France.