Episode 012 – Writing prompt (courtesy of Tori and Mabelle): A Letter from the Future Imagine yourself twenty years from now. Have this future version of yourself write a letter to your current self. Consider the hopes and dreams you have for yourself now, as well as the worries and wonders. What wisdom can your future self share with you? Here’s the 90-Day Play book.
Episode 011 – Writing prompts (courtesy of Sarah Greenman): Inspired by Maggie Smith’s poem Good Bones. Prompt #1: Write a real estate advertisement for the world. What will you highlight for the reluctant buyer? What good bones are you going to shine a light on in your advertisement? Prompt #2: Write a monologue from the realtor who is walking you through the half terrible world. Allow the realtor to reveal the half wonderful bits, selling points and insider tidbits about how someone could really make this place beautiful. Find Sarah Greenman here (and prepare to be transformed!).
Episode 010 – Writing prompt (courtesy of Tom Steward): Tom shares an exercise based on his own writing practice called “Complete the Beat.” Start with two lines of dialogue (provided below) and then write 2-3 more lines of dialogue to complete the conversation. By the end of the exercise we should know who the characters are and their relationship to each other: Character A: I need your eyes. / Character B: You’re not getting them. (Now add 2-3 more lines of dialogue!) Tom heads Lonesome Whistle Productions and shares podcasting duties with Michael Shantz for The Everything Sequel Podcast.
Episode 009 – No writing prompt BUT hopefully you will be inspired by the spooky selection of short works from Thelma Virata de Castro (Veritas), Jack G Hyman (Just Kidding), Donna Latham (Selkie), Lee Lawing (Zoom Exhaustion), Rex McGregor (Horror at Sea), Martha Patterson (The Lonely Monster), Tom Steward (End of Service), and John Weagly (The Haunted Handbag). Prefer to watch? Check out the recorded performance here.
Episode 008 – Writing prompts (courtesy of Tania Katan): Prompt 1: Explore opposite traits for your characters. (A villain isn’t simply evil…what other traits to they have?) Then, translate this exploration of opposites to your own life. If you are stuck, ask: “What if the opposite were true?” By exploring possibilities, we always find the solutions to break through. Prompt 2: (from her book, Creative Trespassing). Make two columns. In the first column list all of the things you love doing at your job. Next, in the second column list your actual responsibilities at work. Now you can create a job title based on purpose. For example, Mabelle loves ‘Motivating her students’ but has the actual responsibility of ‘grading.’ She becomes a ‘Motivational Grader.’ Find Tania at taniakatan.com. Find out more about The Museum of Walking here.
Episode 007 – Writing prompt (courtesy of Mabelle): The characters are two family members. One wins a contest and the other is worried about how that might change them. This episode is chock full of ways to prepare your plays for contest submissions, ravings about Sarah Greenman’s zoom tutorial and her Creative Alchemy Oracle Deck, and a shout out to the highly entertaining The Everything Sequel podcast. We mentioned New Play Exchange, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, the International Centre for Women Playwrights, and NYC Playwrights. This is the Twilight Zone episode.
Episode 006 – Writing prompt (a timely one, courtesy of Izzy Ster): You had a Zoom bomber crash your Zoom math class today. Who was it and what happened? Write a scene! Izzy shared her love of Tony Kushner, Aaron Sorkin, Harry Potter and Alt TikTok. Izzy’s play, Thorazine, garnered Honorable Mention in Theatremania’s Young Playwrights Festival 2020. Check it out here.
Episode 005 – Writing exercise (courtesy of Albert Park): Imagine yourself in a bubble traveling back or forward in time. Engage the senses — what do you see, smell, touch, taste, hear? Who else is there and what lifechanging thing just happened. Then write a scene! Albert mentioned some of his favorite playwrights: Lauren Yee, Qui Nguyen, and Anna Moench, who wrote Man of God, the play Albert was working before the pandemic shutdown.
Episode 004 – Writing prompt (courtesy of Thelma Virata de Castro): Write a scene in which “release shame” is either a line of dialogue or the theme. This prompt was inspired by this artist card created by Sarah Greenman. Thelma is the founder of San Diego Playwrights. Follow @SanDiegoPlaywrights on Facebook and Twitter. Find more info about The Fire In Me, Thelma’s play about domestic violence in the Filipino community here.
Episode 003 – Writing prompt: Access the news! (Pull up a news site, open the newspaper, turn the TV news on.) Write a 12-line scene inspired by the FIRST news story/headline you encounter. Writing exercise: The next time you go to the grocery store, check out what the customer next to you is buying and start formulating ideas about it. Tori, an admitted sniffer, likes how this product smells.
Episode 002 – Writing prompt (Courtesy of our show guest Dr. Maria Patrice Amon): Write a scene about a puzzle (can be as big or small) and one piece is missing. Check out the San Diego Repertory Theatre Latinx New Play Festival on Sept. 4-6, 2020. Get tickets and info here: sdrep.org. Some of Patrice’s “dream” playwrights are Octavio Solis, Luis Alfaro, and Alexis Scheer. This is a Thighmaster.
Episode 001 – Writing prompt: Write a 12-Line Scene using the following characters: An eraser shaped like a narwhal and a pink tape dispenser. The setting is a cabin in the woods. The first line of dialogue is, “Are they gone yet?” Books we mentioned: Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon and What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter.