MASTERPLAYWORKS©®

 on-line, live, interactive,

Character, Story, Plot, and Adaptation

Writer’s Workshops.

Conducted by Governor General Award winning author

and

Member of the Order of Canada,


Kent Stetson, C. M.

 
ENDORSEMENT:  Kent Stetson's course blesses the author's process with lucidity.  You come away clearer, sharper, sorted, inspired.  His training sessions rely on interactive growth.  Progress is student-generated.  The results are character-generated.  One secret is a soothing, intense focus.  It rocks each of his weekly international class meetings in friendly, safe momentum.  Stetson structures each of those sessions with a concise discussion of an issue. Then he turns an unfailingly patient ear to the work being produced in real-time by the group.  The humour keeping it all afloat is the kind that can only be earned by a prolific teacher who is publishing and producing award-winning work of his own.  Stetson is the real thing.  And this is the course I recommend to you if you've done your dabbling and you're ready to write. Porter Anderson, BA, MA, MFA  (Porter Anderson is a former critic for the Village Voice, NYC, CNN Anchor/Producer, and fellow of the National Critics Institute of the USA)



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“I don’t know what you’re thinking, or what it’s like inside you
and you don’t know what it’s like inside me.
In fiction, I think we can leap over that wall . . .
I feel human and un-alone, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually,
that I’m in a deep, significant conversation with another consciousness . . .
in a way I don’t with any other art.”

David Foster Wallace.





THE CHARACTER GENERATED STORY AND PLOT
IN DRAMA AND PROSE FICTION


How to write well? Begin by learning your craft. Whether you’re a seasoned writer exploring a new genre, a dramatist or prose fiction writer just starting out, The Character Generated Story workshop takes you quickly, with depth and precision, to the heart of your characters and the story you need them to tell.

We spend twenty hours (ten sessions, each two hours in length, five to eight writers per course) live, on-line together investigating the craft of character development and story construction.  

Each session begins with a fifteen-twenty minute exploration of the
basics— the craft— of dramatic writing. Ninety minutes of writing and listening exercises follow. You’ll emerge with a carefully worked, thoroughly assessed seven hundred and fifty word story outline, a one page synopsis suitable for marketing/fund raising, and a three page ‘producer’s’ outline.


We’ll get you well underway toward a complete plot, and schema of your first draft.

                                      
                    
JOIN FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD:
ALL YOU NEED IS A HIGH-SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION.

Requests from participants in introductory workshops for an extended course of advanced study have been gratifying. Hence this thorough, on-line investigations of the mechanics of dramatic fiction, be the final form the page, large or small screen, or the stage.

The inaugural on-line courses have a great success (see Writers Assisted, and Endorsements, below) the participants keen and engaged, the exchanges vital and expansive. For those of you who could not participate because of timing or late application, and those of you who have expressed interest since, we’re doing it again!

Places for participants at all levels of their personal or professional practice are available.
    


LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STORY AND PLOT.

E. M. Forster, in his collected essays on drama and prose fiction, Aspects of the Novel, says it best: “The king died, the queen died is the story; the king died, the queen diedof grief is the plot.”

Kent Stetson believes, like Forster, that the essentials of character, story and plot are common to both prose fiction and drama. In both drama and prose fiction, action speaks louder than words. The arrangement of events— what the characters do, not only what they say— shapes the story. Action drives the forward motion of the load-bearing plot.
Forster tells us the essence of all art boils down to two simple words: Only Connect.

“No tears in the writer,” Whit and Halley Burnet tell us in The Fiction Writers Hand Book, “no tears in the reader. No joy in the writer, no joy in the reader.”

Writing can be perilous, some say must be perilous. It must not, however, be undertaken lightly. Audacity and courage must be balanced with knowledge of essential elements of craft and the discipline to establish a stable, sustainable practice.

    

EVERY PROJECT ADVANCED.
EVERY QUESTION ANSWERED.
EVERY VOICE HEARD.

The online vocal and written exchanges are communal and intense . . . no more than eight participants per group, each group meeting for four hours weekly, for five weeks. Polished work and follow -up comments are exchanged between participants by e-mail, and live, on-line.

In-depth exploration of character through perspective exercises help expand the individual writer’s understanding of her or his emerging story and plot. The exercises are based on live, group interaction. Assessment is careful, considered, respectful and rigorous: we determine what the writer actually wrote as opposed to what we think we heard.

The sessions are real time, computer to computer via. VOIP (voice over internet protocol.)  I use Skype, which is free, easy to download — and simple to use. The sound quality is extraordinary. It really feels like we are all in the same room together. And you don’t have to leave the house!  (Note: We can work between my computer and your telephone if you prefer).



PLOT IN DRAMA AND PROSE FICTION

The design of the live, on-line workshop series arises from popular, successful courses offered by MasterPlayWorks at L’Atelier La Roque Alrick in Provence, France, the National Theatre School of Canada, McGill and Concordia Universities, the Quebec Writers Federation, the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, writer’s organizations across Canada, private workshops, and one-on-one dramaturgical sessions countywide and abroad.

Developed in tandem with his personal practice and his publication/production history with both prose fiction and drama, Stetson's craft-oriented courses help writers strengthen the dynamics and architecture of their work.

The great strengths of the all the courses are the timed, hand-written character perspective exercises, which are assessed live on-line by the group in positive, supportive, challenging exploration. Theory and practice, craft and imagination play off each other in lively, informed discussion moderated with insight and good humour by Kent.


FOR MORE DETAILS SEE...

THE CHARACTER GENERATED STORY AND PLOT
IN DRAMA AND PROSE FICTION







ENDORSEMENTS


Montreal translator and first-time dramatist Lesley McCubbin. . .

It's obvious that Kent has VAST amounts of knowledge and insight to draw upon. Plus, his skill at being able to constantly pinpoint the vital elements in the work, draw out the things that made it work (or not), reference it to deeper ideas, open it up to a bigger picture. This amazed me . . .
   


Actor, columnist, broadcast journalist and essayist Bill Carr says . . .

Taking the course was a leap of faith, not in Kent, but in myself. It jump started my creative spirit and then offered me specific elements of craft with which to create and give expression to that spirit.



Novelist Irene Larkin writes . . .


Kent has a wonderful 'hands off' attitude toward your writing (there is only one person writing your material and that person is you), while his affirmation and encouragement bring out the very best you have to give. . .



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APPLICATION AND ELIGIBILITY

The on-line workshop is offered to writers of drama and prose fiction at all levels of their practice
who are embarking on new works,
or are currently engaged with the development of works in progress.
            

Call 514 270 1948 (cell: 514 794 1948) for complete course description,
application procedure & costs.

Or e-mail:


kent.stetson@sympatico.ca


    Visit

www.MasterPlayWorks.com

. . . for additional information on Stetson’s background, his CV, teaching methods and more endorsements. 

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YouTube: 4 new MPW videos 

                            

For persons who might prefer to work one-on-one on-line or in person,
arrangements will be made.



Corporate seminars designed to improve internal communication
and short-term or extended NGO workshops available.



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