Storystarters – Improv into writing with Jenny Rowe
About this Event
You like FICTION? You like IMPROVISING? 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?
This 4-week super-elective couples creative writing with improv exercises, games and scenes. We’ll look at character, story-types and various styles and genres in fiction-writing, including speculative fiction (the genre of ‘what-if?’).
What to expect:
- To write! Time to write & reflect on in-class improvisations, using timed writing exercises.
- Improvising: You’ll be comfortable improvising scenes and characters
- Fiction writing, poetry, or creative writing of some sort (this is NOT a sketch or comedy-writing course, however if your writing falls into that category, you’re welcome to use this time to explore it)
- Feedback: You are happy to offer and receive constructive, supportive, feedback
- To submit work, for peer & tutor review, in between classes
- Creating and nurturing the start of stories, through improvisation.
Jen will guide you through a series of improv exercises to encourage ideas for writing fiction. This class is for students with improvisation experience enough to comfortably improvise scenes, and who want to explore fiction writing for pleasure. The class will be split between improv, writing and sharing work in a low pressure environment.
“Thoroughly inspiring and thought-provoking. Plus tons of fun.”
Min. participants 6, max. participants 12. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24 hours notice.
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.
This intermediate super-elective runs four Thursdays 22nd April – 13th May 2 – 4 pm BST
Intermediate (3/6 months+) These classes will be opportunities to add tools to your growing toolbox. Normally these classes will expect players to be confident playing scenes. These classes will provide practise and specific new skills.
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.