Story Starters: Online Writing from Improv Course

27sep1:00 pmStory Starters: Online Writing from Improv CourseLevel: Open1:00 pm

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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.

In this class, we’ll use improv as a jumping-off point for your creative writing. An opportunity for you to make yourself turn up, improvise, and write EVERY week.

Inspiration will come from your own, and other people’s improv, and you’ll come out with ideas and starting points to pursue in your own time. It’s a buffet of writing genres, styles and techniques!

Each week, we’ll look at a different aspect of writing, using improvisation exercises and scenes to inspire and develop ideas. The exercises we do on zoom, may be familiar to you, but we’ll be using them in a different way – like magpies – stealing what works, what we like and discarding what we don’t.

Areas covered on this course include:

– Basic story arc and structure
– Ways to begin and the editor in the head
– Creating and building character
– Science fiction & the Fantastic (extraordinary/ordinary)
– History & Biography

Audience and Who’s Telling the Story?

You don’t have to have knowledge of any of these subjects, just turn up, play, and get some words on paper. Any form of writing is fine: prose, poetry, or something performative.

Toward the end of the course, you will also have the opportunity to send in a piece of writing for peer review (using constructive and positive guidelines), should you so choose.

Who’s this for?

Improvisers who write, or want to write, but need a butt-kick


(Sunday) 1:00 pm BST


Jen Rowe has toured with with Fluxx, and performs with The Maydays, Impromptu Shakespeare, The Concept, and Two Seats Four Cheeks (with occasional improv partner in crime, Lloydie James Lloyd). She has trained with Secondcity and Annoyance, teaches Improv for Creative Writing and is currently researching a second scripted show. Her recent solo play in 2019, “Tiptree: No-one else’s damn secret but my own” was described by reviewers as… ‘a fascinating biography… eloquently written’; ‘uses humour to reveal moments that would break your heart if you weren’t chuckling.’

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