Workshop develops scripts

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre will offer a 10-week playwriting and screenwriting workshop

Nanaimo’s Western Edge Theatre will offer a 10-week playwriting and screenwriting workshop, combining both “real life” and online sessions, beginning Jan. 3.

Led by Western Edge Artistic Producer and internationally produced writer Frank Moher, the workshop is open to both beginners and more seasoned authors interested in developing a script for stage, screen, or television.

“There are some basics that are common to all forms of scriptwriting,” says Moher. “We’ll look at those, and then the writers will get to work on whatever sort of script most interests them.

“Some weeks we’ll get together as a group; the rest of the time we’ll do the work online. That should make it easier for people from all over the area to take part.”

Bringing together a wide variety of writers and projects makes for a lively workshop, says Moher.

“Everybody learns from everybody else. Of course, it’ll be my job to really focus in on what each is working on, and give feedback pitched to that writer’s particular level of experience.”

The workshop will culminate in a public reading of excerpts from some of the scripts, performed by experienced stage and film actors.

Moher has written for the CBC, NFB, and various independent producers, and has had plays produced internationally. He teaches in the Department of Creative Writing & Journalism at Vancouver Island University, where he recently completed a four-year stint as Department Chair.

Limited to 15 writers, the workshop costs $250 for 10 weeks, with all proceeds going to Western Edge.

To register, please visit http://westernedge.org/workshop.html or call 250-668-0991.