FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What happens in a Story Weekend workshop?
- Designed for playwrights and screenwriters now working on a script or about to begin one, this unique weekend intensive offers in-depth writing exercises, actor support, and group discussions of your work plus eligibility to participate in our New Writers/New Works staged reading series. The program usually includes three weekend sessions each quarter. Each is self-contained so that you can sign up for one, two, or all three sessions. Many writers use Story Weekend as an ongoing resource for script development.
- What type of script can I work on?
- Any type of dramatic script, such as a stage play, screenplay, or radio play of any size from one act to full-length. You choose your genre, subject, and style.
- What can I expect to accomplish?
- That’s up to you. The workshop offers an in-depth writing exercise on Saturday morning to help you write a new scene for your script, and gives you the opportunity to hear two previously written scenes read by actors and discussed by the group. (Some writers on Sunday afternoon present the scene they wrote on Saturday morning). Each workshop also offers a global exercise to help you see the “big picture” of your characters and story.
- Can I use a laptop during the writing exercises?
- You’re welcome to use whatever writing tools you choose. Some writers prefer laptops. Some prefer pen and paper. And many use a combination of tools as they move from initial exploratory steps to actual scene writing.
- Is Story Weekend mostly for playwrights or screenwriters?
- The program attracts both types of dramatic writers since we focus on character development and story structure issues common to both forms. In most workshops, the majority of writers in the group are playwrights.
- What is a Weekend Pass?
- Designed for beginners and other observers, a Weekend Pass lets you audit any or all Story Weekend workshop activities. You can follow along during writing exercises, observe scene readings and critiques, and meet a great group of Bay Area writers and actors in the process. For the current cost of a Weekend Pass, see the “Current Schedule” on the Workshop Enrollment page.
- What happens in a Shorts workshop?
- A self-contained creative weekend experience, each Shorts workshop uses theme elements and step-by-step writing exercises to guide you through the process of writing a short play, from blank page to completed draft, to a reading by Bay Area actors. While the workshop is designed for experienced playwrights, it has been successful with confident beginners and can be a great boost for writers who feel blocked, or rusty, or just want a writing change of pace. It’s fun, it’s creative – and it all happens in one weekend!
- Where do these workshops meet?
- In the downtown San Francisco theatre district at the Phoenix Theatre Annex, Fourth Floor, 414 Mason Street, near Geary – about a block from Union Square.
- When do these workshops meet?
- From 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday (with a one hour lunch break) and 1 to 5 PM on Sundays. The door opens 30 minutes before each workshop begins.
- When does the next workshop begin?
- Have any scripts had a life beyond the workshop?
- Since 1988, many workshop scripts have received honors and awards in national competitions such as those sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Sundance, Independent Spirit Awards, Writer’s Digest, and Fade In Magazine. Some scripts also have generated honors and awards in local competitions as well as grants from the California Arts Council and Marin Arts Council. Many works have gone on to production. In addition, excerpts from selected works-in-progress are presented publicly in the New Writers/ New Works staged reading series. Public staged readings of completed drafts are facilitated on an as-needed basis.
- How much does a workshop cost?
- Check the current workshop schedule for workshop fees. You can save up to $100 if you sign up in advance for a series of three Story Weekends. Tuition payment plans also are available for series members.
- How do I sign up for a workshop?
- After the deposit, when is the tuition balance due?
- When you arrive for your first workshop session. You may pay either by check or in cash. And, if you prefer to pay the balance in installments over an extended period of time, tuition payment plans are available.