Upcoming Workshops

    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 19:30 - 21:00
    • Online

    A former opera singer specializing in early music, Aja Lynne is trained in the Stanislavski acting technique and also has a masters in Baroque stagecraft. She now teaches music and drama at the International School of Geneva. Aja has performed in numerous operas, musicals, and plays, and has been directing theatrical productions for over twenty years. 

    Aja also writes songs, poetry, science-fiction, and fantasy. Her sci-fi story for children, The Extinct Hunter, was published in Frostfire Worlds in 2015. Currently, Aja’s main focus is on writing plays and musicals, primarily aimed at adolescents, which she does in collaboration with Viennese composer Alexander Wagendristel.

    Dramatic Writing for Stages

    Thursday September 30, 19:30-21:00

    Workshop Description

    All the world may be a stage, but specific rules apply for specific types of performances. Whether you want to learn how to craft crisper, snappier dialogue in your prose or wish to write stage, screen, or audio plays, understanding your audience and the conventions of your chosen form are key to writing effective drama.

    Whether visual or auditory, drama for the stage requires different techniques for dialogue to create effective character development, succinct exposition (including the art of leaving some things unsaid), and powerful dramatic tension and irony.

    We will cover methods for writing short scenes and apply the concepts to longer works of both prose and the performing arts, whether that be a play, a podcast, or another form of drama.

    The workshop will consist of short theory sessions followed by practical writing exercises.

    Cost: 20 CHF

    Participants: limited to 20, first come, first served

    Location: online via Zoom (link sent to all registrants upon payment)

    Register via the GWG website (under "Events") or email us at genevawriters@gmail.com

Past Workshops

12 Mar 2021 Poetry Workshop: Friday March 12: From Inspiration to Publication: Editing for Poets with Carmen Bugan
16 Jan 2021 Teen Workshop (online) Saturday January 16: Writing about Place, with Carla Drysdale
12 Dec 2020 Teen Workshop (online) Saturday December 12:Using the Five Senses with Michelle Bailat-Jones
14 Nov 2020 Teen Workshop (online) Saturday November 14: What we see, writing our world, with Michelle Bailat-Jones
10 Oct 2020 Teen Workshop (online) Saturday October 10: Worlds at my Window, with Carla Drysdale
22 Sep 2020 22Sep_3A: Online Poetry Workshop with Sharon Mesmer
21 Sep 2020 21Sep_1B: Online Poetry Workshop with Carmen Bugan
21 Mar 2020 Workshop Saturday March 21: CANCELLED
21 Mar 2020 Teen Workshop Saturday March 21: CANCELLED
15 Feb 2020 Workshop, Saturday February 15: The Five Senses with Yun Wei
25 Jan 2020 Teen Workshop Saturday January 25: Creating Character, with Katie Hayoz
18 Jan 2020 Fiction Workshop Saturday January 18: World-Building with Jon Steele
14 Dec 2019 Non-Fiction Workshop December 14: From Darkness to Light, the Alchemy of Writing with Susan Tiberghien
16 Nov 2019 Poetry Workshop Saturday November 16: "Feeling a Sense of Place" with Carla Drysdale
16 Nov 2019 Teen Workshop Saturday November 16: Pop-Up Prose and Found Poetry, with Katie Hayoz
19 Oct 2019 Workshop, Saturday October 19: Artful Prose with Mary-Jane Holmes
12 Oct 2019 Teen Workshop Saturday October 12: Finding Poems in the Secret Self, with Carla Drysdale
28 Sep 2019 Workshop, Saturday September 28: Drawing out the Essence with Colin Grant
25 May 2019 Teen Workshop May 25:Writing About Place with Carla Drysdale
13 Apr 2019 Teen Workshop April 13:Writing Fractured Fairy Tales with Katie Hayoz
13 Apr 2019 Workshop April 13:Beauty in Words (all Genres) with Susan Tiberghien
23 Mar 2019 Teen Workshop March 23:The Business of Writing with Olivia Wildenstein
23 Feb 2019 Teen Workshop February 23: Writing the Image: Adventures in Poetry with Carla Drysdale
16 Feb 2019 February Workshop: Discovering Character with Juliet Gilkes Romero (playwriting/Webster)
26 Jan 2019 Teen Workshop January 26: Breaking the Rules with Katie Hayoz
08 Dec 2018 Teen Workshop December 8: Worldbuilding with Katie Hayoz
17 Nov 2018 Teen Workshop November 17: Playing With Time with Katie Hayoz
10 Nov 2018 November Workshop: What Can Poetry and Fiction Learn from Each Other? with Yun Wei
27 Oct 2018 October Workshop: Telling a Story a Different Way with Mary-Jane Holmes
27 Oct 2018 Teen Workshop October: How Poetry Can Power Your Fiction with Carla Drysdale
15 Sep 2018 September Workshop: Our Words Matter (all Genres) with Susan Tiberghien
02 Jun 2018 Teen Workshop June 2: Revamping your Prose with Katie Hayoz
28 Apr 2018 Teen Workshop April 28: Raising the Stakes with Katie Hayoz
24 Mar 2018 Teen Workshop March 24: Where's the Conflict? with Carla Drysdale
17 Feb 2018 Teen Workshop February 17: Point of View with Carla Drysdale
10 Feb 2018 Workshop February 10: Maximizing Creativity and Scriptwriting with Guest Instructor Gabriel Gbadamosi
27 Jan 2018 Teen Workshop January 27: A Cast of Characters with Katie Hayoz
20 Jan 2018 Workshop January 20: Finding the Right Structure for the Story You Have To Tell with Guest Instructor Patti Marxsen
16 Dec 2017 Workshop December 16: Writing from the Dark with Susan Tiberghien
16 Dec 2017 Teen Workshop December 16: Your Story World with Jason Donald
25 Nov 2017 Teen Workshop November 25: To Plan Or Not To Plan with Jason Donald
19 Nov 2017 Master Class November 19: Poetry with Guest Instructor Kathleen Jamie (registration now closed)
18 Nov 2017 Workshop November 18: Poetry with Guest Instructor Kathleen Jamie followed by Readings from Offshoots-14
28 Oct 2017 Workshop October 28: Short Fiction with Guest Instructor M-J Holmes
28 Oct 2017 Teen Workshop October 28: Your Writing Project with Nicolas Grey
23 Sep 2017 Teen Workshop September 23: Writing Goals with Nicolas Grey
16 Sep 2017 Workshop September 16: Finding Your Gold with Susan Tiberghien
17 Jun 2017 Teen Workshop June 17: with Katie Hayoz
27 May 2017 Teen Workshop May 27: with Nicolas Grey
20 May 2017 Workshop May 20: Memoir with Guest Instructor Wallis Wilde Menozzi
22 Apr 2017 Teen Workshop April 22: with Nicolas Grey
18 Mar 2017 Workshop March 18: Fiction with Guest Instructor Romesh Gunesekera
25 Feb 2017 Teen Workshop: February 25 with Nicolas Grey
18 Feb 2017 Meet The Agents: Saturday February 18
28 Jan 2017 Teen Workshop: January 28 with Katie Hayoz
17 Dec 2016 Teen Workshop: December 17 with Katie Hayoz
10 Dec 2016 Workshop December 10 Dreamwork: Finding Images for Stories, with Susan Tiberghien
26 Nov 2016 Teen Workshop: November 26
20 Nov 2016 Masterclass November 20: Poetry with Guest Instructor Laura Kasischke (class now full)
19 Nov 2016 Workshop November 19: Poetry with Guest Instructor Laura Kasischke
22 Oct 2016 GWG Teen Workshop: Saturday 22 October
15 Oct 2016 Workshop October 15: Short Story with S Tiberghien & J Donald, with guest readings by Marcus Ferrar & Olivia Abittan
17 Sep 2016 Workshop Sept 17: Witnessing with Words--writing the Effective Essay
11 Jun 2016 Panel: What's New in Publishing and Marketing?
21 May 2016 Journal to Story (all genres)
20 Feb 2016 Writing Dialogue
16 Jan 2016 The Spoken Word
12 Dec 2015 December Workshop: Writing From Dreams
21 Nov 2015 November Workshop: The Line in Poetry, Purpose & Composition
17 Oct 2015 Short Fiction: October Workshop
20 Sep 2015 Workshop Sept. 20: Reading Your Own Work
19 Sep 2015 Workshop Sept 19: personal, travel and opinion essays
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