WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2019

WHERE: All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 


On April 13, Shasta College Theatre Department Professor Jessica Fletcher Wiechman presents a beginner’s guide to playwriting. This presentation will focus on the aspects of storytelling and the specific skills that a playwright must master in order to write a successful stage play. It will cover topics that set theatre apart from novels, including: The basic layout and format of a script, character development through dialogue and action; character objectives, conflict and changing tactics that create strong character arcs; different types of theatre spaces and the strengths and weaknesses of each; common practices and steps for “workshopping” new plays; finding freedom in handing over artistic and technical control and collaborating successfully with a team. This presentation aims to give writers the basic tools and confidence to take their ideas From the Page to the Stage.   As a professor in the Shasta College Theatre Department, Jessica Fletcher Wiechman teaches script analysis, playwriting and acting, among other theatre courses. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara and her master’s in Script Writing at Victoria University of Wellington. She is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced by the Actor’s Gang Theatre in Los Angeles. She has served as a US Delegate at the International Young Playwrights Festival in Townsville, Australia, and she is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild. A Redding resident for 12 years, she has worked as a scriptwriter actor, director, and stage manager for Axiom Repertory Theatre, The Cascade Theatre, Riverfront Playhouse, Harris Studios and Shasta College. She recently wrote the script for Curtain Up, a documentary film about the Historic Cascade Theatre. She is the founder and facilitator of Shasta College Original Plays experiment (SCOPE), a free public script reading of student-written original plays, exposing emerging playwrights to a large local audience.

Writers Forum meets from 10:30am – 12:30pm monthly (except for July and August) in the All Saints Episcopal Church Memorial Hall Room located at 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA. Doors open at 10am. The public is welcome to get acquainted with two free visits before joining. Annual membership dues are $25.

For further information about Writers Forum, email writersforumprogramchair@gmail.com