Working Backwards Workshop
Through discussion and exercises, this workshop will focus on several "Ways In" to a nontraditional process of creation. We will examine reverse engineering your story as a way to unearth the essential and avoid unnecessary detail and wrong turns, first advocated by Aristotle as "Cause and Effect" (or rather Effect and Cause). We will also explore Crisis Decision as a Way In, as well as why writing the ending first is a technique some successful writers swear by.
Prior to the workshop, participants will be required to read an assigned play, which we will use as a launch point in our discussion.
Participants should bring a work or two in progress, or even the broad strokes of story idea, along with an open imagination to unearth discoveries about your material.