Dramaquill's All Things Writing

October 31, 2013

Hallowe’en’s a great time to read a suspense novel

What better time of year than Hallowe’en to read something scary?

When Love Won’t Die, my suspense novel, will keep your lights on well into the night.

It’s a quick, page-turning read, available online at the following sites:

http://www.amazon.ca/When-Love-Wont-Die-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE

http://www.amazon.com/When-Love-Wont-Jacqueline-McMahon-ebook/dp/B004AYD6YE

http://redrosepublishing.com/books/product_info.php?products_id=649

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-love-wont-die-jacqueline-mcmahon/1026475808?ean=9781604357837

October 19, 2013

The Best Way to Revise Your Play’s Dialogue

I just finished a wonderful day of teaching drama to three classes of kids between the ages of six and sixteen.  Watching them take on the characteristics of different characters and the emotions of the words on the pages of my original scripts made me stop and realize how much of a part these students play in my final rewrites of all of my scripts.

To me, nothing works better for revising/tweaking dialogue than hearing it spoken aloud by an actor.  Not only can I see where my wording might be difficult to say but I can also immediately hear any inconsistencies in my characters’ expressions, and I can see whether or not my dialogue really differentiates my characters from one another.

Whether you get a group of friends together to read through your script or you find a community theatre group willing to help you out, I believe that hearing your words, rather than reading them, is the best way for a playwright to revise the dialogue of any play.

Check out this really cool Theatre Lab program:   https://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre-lab/

I’m off to go tweak some of my characters’ lines now – how ’bout you?

 

October 11, 2013

Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts

As a writer, I feel that it’s necessary to keep learning whenever and wherever I can.  For some of us, jetting around the country to a bunch of writing conferences just doesn’t fit in with our schedule or our budgets.  What’s a writer to do?

This year, I’m thrilled that my city will be hosting a two-day writing workshop, led by one of the faculty from the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts.  Located in Toronto, Ontario, Humber College hosts more than 19,000 students and offers courses in writing, acting, and music to name just a few.  There are also opportunities to take some courses on line through correspondence.

To apply for this mini workshop, writers had to submit a fifteen page writing sample, which would be read by a committee to determine acceptance into the program.  With fingers and toes crossed, I filled out my application and sent my pages and as of this week, I became on of the lucky group to be accepted into the workshop, which will run Sat. Nov. 2nd and Sun. Nov. 3rd from 9:30-3:30 daily.

Humber’s glowing reputation makes it an enviable place for creative individuals to explore their passions and hone their skills.  If you are interested in all that Humber has to offer, check out these links:

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers/creative-writing-correspondence

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers/mini-workshops

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers/part-time-studies-creative-writing

http://www.humber.ca/scapa/programs/school-writers/blog

October 7, 2013

A. Victoria Mixon – Editor

Just found a website by Editor A. Victoria Mixon that has so much amazing information I had to share it with my dramaquill followers…

http://victoriamixon.com/

Head on over and check it out.  I guarantee – you won’t be disappointed!

 

October 1, 2013

Free Newsletters for Writers

Just thought I’d post a few links to newsletters (ezines) that I’ve found useful over the years…

Writer’s Weekly – http://www.writersweekly.com/

Writer’s Digest – http://www.writersdigest.com/subscribe/free-weekly-newsletter

Funds for Writers – http://www.fundsforwriters.com/newsletters/

Worldwide Freelance – http://www.worldwidefreelance.com/newsletter/

Writing World – http://www.writing-world.com/newsletter/index.shtml

Wow – http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/

Enjoy!

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