Monday, January 19, 2015

Expert Offers Script-Writing Workshops

            Veronica Hart, prominent author and workshop teacher, will offer a full day of script-writing classes on Friday, January 30, at the City Island Regional Library. The sessions, sponsored by CHI, the Creative Happiness Institute, will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon and again from 1:00 to 4 p.m. The classes are free, and open to published authors and those with works-in-progress.
            Authors may attend either one or both sessions. The morning will be devoted to work on scripts from an author’s own novel or published story, to create a fifteen-minute scene for production in a “black box theater. ” Such set pieces are meant to be performed in simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. They can become promotional pieces for a novel or develop into full plays. 
            The afternoon will cover script formatting and other technical pointers. “We will work on dialog that is meant for stage,” Ms. Hart explains, “because good characters and dialog are the basis of a compelling story.” Once a writer has the start of a good drama, a full stage play can readily be developed or even changed to a screen play. 
            Ms. Hart is The Florida Writers Association, Central East Coast Regional Director; a Group Leader for the City Island Fiction Writers, and 2014 President of the Ormond Writers League. She has published five novels and has two more at press, in addition to her dramatic works. Her own writing emphasizes “writing about historical, humorous, adventurous, and always strong women.”
            Authors are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, though there are many restaurants nearby on Beach Street. The Library is located at 105 E. Magnolia Avenue in Daytona Beach. For more information, email Ms. Hart at or call Dr. David B. Axelrod, CHI director at 386-337-4567.

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