Star-to-Finish: The 10-Minute Play
The 10-minute play is a close cousin of flash fiction—a scrumptious bite instead of a four-course meal. At the same time, it shares elements with full-length plays: dialogue, stage directions, a dramatic question and theme, and what’s known as theatricality. In this three-session workshop, participants write a 10-minute play from start to finish, with the option of private critique from the instructor. We’ll create characters in conflict, craft believable dialogue, design theatrical moments to engage live audiences, and discuss submission opportunities. All levels of writers are welcome to come and play around! (New this spring, you'll have the option to add a detailed critique of your writing for an additional fee. Details will be sent after you register.) This class meets over three Thursdays, February 25, March 4 and 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
About the Instructor: Paula Martinac is the author of six novels, most recently Testimony (2021); Clio Rising (2019), Gold Medal Winner, Northeast Region, Independent Book Publishers Awards; and The Ada Decades (2017), finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Her plays have had productions and staged readings in New York, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. She is a part-time lecturer in creative writing at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, she received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council and a Literature Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. More at paulamartinac.com.