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Active Storytelling with Judy Sternlight


Six Sessions

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Once a week Thursdays, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm September 5 to October 10, 2019

What does a writer need to tell a compelling story? Imagination, empathy, and the courage to leap into the unknown. These same qualities are essential to the art of improvisation, and developing these active storytelling skills will strengthen your writing.

In a positive environment that fosters teamwork and trust, you’ll participate in on-your-feet improvisational exercises, creative brainstorming, and literary craft talk. Together, we’ll build emotionally grounded characters, clear points-of-view, dynamic relationships, and vivid descriptions of places, objects, and more. We’ll create authentic dialogue based on active listening, explore the role of subtext, and practice raising the stakes to heighten a narrative arc. Optional homework assignments will reinforce the techniques we explore in class.

Encouraging writers to explore storytelling in a fresh, spontaneous way, this workshop will benefit each participant’s current and future writing projects.

All levels welcome!


Taught by

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    Judy Sternlight

    Judy Sternlight

    Judy Sternlight was an editor at Random House, Ballantine, and Modern Library. She’s the founder of Judy Sternlight Literary Services and co-founder of 5E, the independent editors’ group. Judy has edited acclaimed writers including Elliot Ackerman, Marie-Helene Bertino, Rita Mae Brown, Mamta Chaudhry, Gwen Florio, Lisa Ko, Peter Matthiessen, Daniel Menaker, and Melodie Winawer. Prior to her publishing career, she performed and taught improvisational theater with Some Assembly Required in NYC. In addition to teaching Active Storytelling at the Center for Fiction, Judy has presented various forms of “The Art of Revision” and “The Business of Publishing” at The Miami Writers Institute, Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, Grub Street, AWP, Pen + Brush, Paragraph, Slice Literary Conference, and the Historical Novel Society.