WORKSHOP 202: ALL PROSE GENRES
Improv for Writers
Do you want to find a way around writer’s block, silence your inner critic, or become more comfortable in front of audiences? Improv techniques will help. In this lively, interactive workshop, Martha Barnette, co-host of the popular public radio show “A Way with Words,” will show how writers can benefit from the same exercises used by professional improvisers and actors to unlock their creativity.
We’ll cover some classic improv concepts, all in the form of playful exercises designed to boost self confidence, improve listening and observational skills, and help you shut off that pesky internal editor and let your ideas flow.
A longtime journalist and author, Martha ventured into her first improv class years ago to help get over a debilitating public speaking phobia. She stayed for the sheer joy of the art form and the life lessons it teaches. Improv, she likes to say, is like team sports for the brain in a safe, supportive environment. It’s also a fun way for writers to connect with others after long hours of creative solitude.