Accessing an interior life, and giving voice to that life in a way an audience can believe in it, is the art of monologue. In this workshop, you will listen to & practice writing the kind of monologues that give voice to your interior life or the life of a character you create; revise your monologue with guidance; rehearse and perform it for our workshop audience.
In this workshop, we’re aiming to craft work that will help you discover & shape source material for monologue projects now & into the future. The workshop includes:
- A breakdown of what makes a monologue compelling to an audience
- Intensive writing
- Guidance on sculpting your work & defining the voice of your piece
- Guided rehearsal & online performance for our workshop
Playwrights, storytellers, prose writers, poets & experimenters welcome.
Each week we will listen to or view model monologues and focus our own writing on one or more of the critical elements of a strong monologue. We will record & read our drafts aloud to each other; rehearse, and perform our work-in-progress for a friendly Antioch audience.
- The shape of a monologue
- Orality: How we write spoken language
- The body in time and space
- How to deploy information
- Rehearsing and performing a monologue
About Jayne Benjulian
Jayne Benjulian is the author of Five Sextillion Atoms (Saddle Road Press 2016). Her award-winning poems and essays appear in numerous literary and performance journals, including Agni, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, Women’s Review of Books, Mudlark, and Poetry Daily.
Jayne served as Apple’s chief speechwriter and director of new play development at Magic Theatre. She is an editor of art books, memoirs, and books about theater. She earned an MFA at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and lives now in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, where she teaches the writing and performance of poetry and monologue. www.jaynebenjulian.com