The Burlington Writers Workshop offers nearly 300 free workshops each year in Burlington, Montpelier, and Middlebury, as well as master classes and various full-day writing retreats throughout Vermont. Most of our current workshops meet Online, but we do have in-person workshops. We ask that you attend at least one workshop before requesting to submit your own work for review.
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Master Class with Scriptwriter Gina Stevensen
February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Let’s say you want to write a play or a screenplay. You sit down in front of a blank page, knowing that you have two basic elements to rely on: what your characters say, and how they behave. But how do your characters talk to each other, and what should they even talk about? How do you deliver necessary exposition while keeping your scenes active? How do you organize your plot so your audience stays engaged? Suddenly, that blank page is looking more and more daunting…
Never fear, this master class is here for you! Through group discussion, lecture, and writing exercises, we’ll uncover practical tools to change your relationship to the blank page. Your characters will grow more complex, your plot will rollercoaster through exciting twists and turns, your dialogue will sparkle, and your visual storytelling will take the audience’s breath away. Whether you write prose, poetry, plays, or screenplays, this master class offers techniques applicable to all mediums and welcomes writers with all levels of experience.
In advance of the workshop, you will receive PDFs of resources we’ll reference, including excerpts from books about writing and samples from select plays and screenplays. Please review these resources beforehand in order to deepen your understanding of the tools we’ll explore while we’re together.
Leading the workshop is Gina Stevensen, an award-winning playwright & screenwriter with over 5 years experience teaching stage & screenwriting to adults. After 13 years in NYC, Gina moved to Burlington in 2020. She is the 2021 winner of the Kernodle New Play Award, the 2020 winner of the New Works Initiative at Good Luck Macbeth, and a 2019 winner of the Columbia@Roundabout New Play Reading Series. Gina’s plays have been developed in NYC and regionally with Roundabout Theatre Company, American Stage, Barter Theater Company, Urban Stages, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Hartford Stage, and more. She has been a finalist for Theatre503’s International Playwriting Award, the Jewish Playwriting Contest, Austin Film Festival Pitch Competition, Big Apple Film Festival, and MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, and a semifinalist for the NYC International Screenplay Contest, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival (three times!), Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, and The Civilians’ R&D Group. Gina is a member of the Board of Directors at Middlebury Acting Company, where she is coordinating the inaugural 2022 American Dreaming: New Plays Festival. She has taught playwriting and screenwriting at The Writer’s Rock since 2017, and has been a guest lecturer at Hunter College, NYU Open Arts, and upcoming at the University of Arkansas MFA Playwriting Program. She was the writing coordinator for Tribeca Performing Arts Center’s Writers in Performance Workshop from 2014 through 2020. MFA Playwriting: Columbia University. www.ginastevensen.com