From Story to Stage: Writing the Arc of Desire with Laurie Fyffe

​​​Telling stories, writing dialogue, putting your passion down on the page, it’s all part of what makes theatre an exciting and constantly engaging art form. Do you want to entertain with a personal story? Do you want to bring an intriguing historical character or past incident to light? Or, do you want to write a play, creating an invented world and characters entirely from your imagination.  It’s all about laying down the bones of plot, finding that conflict that ignites, and driving the action with dialogue that expresses your characters’ motives and desires.

Participants will complete in-class writing exercises, read scenes, stories and monologues, and receive personal feedback as they practice and discuss the art of writing for the stage.

This workshop will explore:

  • How do you go from an idea to a story, and from a story to a plot?
  • How do you create dialogue that moves the action of a play forward?
  • How do you create characters that are watchable and keep the audience listening?

Come ready to write – and have fun!

Sundays, January 14 - March 4

8 week course

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

$295.00 + HST

Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

LAURIE FYFFE - Instructor

Laurie is a playwright, actor, dramaturge, and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre. Acting credits include, Ava Wolfe in the Counterpoint Players production of Corpus, and France Brooke in The Secret Life of Emily/Frances, 2015 Fringe, which she also wrote.  Laurie’s plays have been produced at the Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, and Theatre Kingston. Her ten-minute play In Kabul premiered at New Theatre of Ottawa’s 2012 Short Play Festival and was subsequently produced at InspiraTo in Toronto, and the Short & Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. From 2014 to 2017, Laurie was Managing Artistic Director of Ottawa StoryTellers (OST), where she adapted James Bartleman’s Raisin Wine (2014), and co-wrote A Winter Tale: The Journey of the Blind Harper (2015). Laurie received her MA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa (2010), where she subsequently taught the Principles of Play Analysis. Recently, Laurie assistant directed Jacqui Du Toit’s Hottentot Venus for TACTICS 2017, and directed Evolution Theatre’s The Home Show produced at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe. In March 2018, Laurie’s play Mirage: The Arabian Adventure of Gertrude Bell will a part of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival in Toronto. Laurie teaches Scriptwriting for Actors at Algonquin College, School of Media Design.