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Online Improv course : Improv to writing
Level: OpenSometimes a beautiful seed of an idea is created in an improv class, or show, then lost forever. What if we catch it,
Sometimes a beautiful seed of an idea is created in an improv class, or show, then lost forever. What if we catch it, play with it, and give it permanence on the page?
During this 6-week writing class we’ll look at four different genres of fiction, followed by improv exercises and scenes that complement them. Throughout the course, you’ll be set short, timed writing exercises inspired by what we discover. Two weeks will be set aside for peer-critique* and further discussion/exploration.
This class is aimed at experienced improvisers and actors, who are happy to jump straight into longer scenes and explore ideas discussed in class. You do not need to be an experienced writer, as long as you want to write.
This course is different from previous Improv and Writing classes with Jen, and therefore suitable for people who have taken one before.
*Critique sounds scary? There’s nothing more useful to a writer (except maybe getting paid) than receiving honest, constructive feedback. Supportive peer-feedback is so useful for knowing when something makes sense to an audience – or when it doesn’t! The more you critique other’s work, the more you learn about your own.
What to expect from this course:
Short homework (i.e. to read a short story, extract or poem; to feedback on other people’s work).
Improvising inspired by fiction
Writing during timed writing exercises
Coming away with writing and ideas to work on in your own time.
Sharing ideas and work collaboratively.
If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.
This Open course runs six Tuesdays 7th Sept. – 12th Oct. 5 – 7 pm UK Time zone
Open – A class for anyone, regardless of their improv experience. Although more experienced players are of course welcome, the content does not require any prior improv knowledge.
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NB: Our electives frequently sell out, but do not despair if this class has. You have not missed your shot. If enough people join the waiting list, we are often able to put the same class on a few days after or in parallel. So if you were excited, join up and we will be in touch.
Scholarships and Bursaries:
We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.
You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:
Afford these courses
Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason
No set criteria
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Jenny Rowe trained at ACT Brighton and has regularly taught there, as well as Brighton ICT, Chichester Festival Theatre LEAP programme and for Refugee Radio. Her credits include dreamthinkspeak (Underground) and Brighton Fringe ’19 Best Play winner, Clean. She has toured with The Foundry Group, played in the Shakespeare’s Globe ‘Read Not Dead’ season and performed numerous Shakespeares at Brighton Open Air Theatre. She is an actor, voiceover artist, writer and teacher, having worked with the BAFTA-nominated Treason Show Productions and, as a hula-hooping, crash-helmet-wearing starlet walkabout act for Twisted Dreams street theatre.
As an improviser, she has toured with Fluxx, performs with the Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare and The Concept, and plays two-person improv (Two Seats Four Cheeks) with Lloydie James Lloyd, when they’re in the same city. She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching her next show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by Fringereview as… ‘a fascinating biography well worth knowing, convincingly acted and eloquently written.
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