Poet, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator

Workshop Offerings

Workshop Offerings

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“Kelly had women dancing on their toes, inspiring each other with personal revelations put into action on the intimate stage of our sitting room. Kelly’s deft handling of tender material coaxed reluctant creators out of their seats and into dynamic compositions that had us laughing, crying and in awed silence. Magic was afoot!”

— PARTICIPANT, TELLING TRUTH & BEAUTY WORKSHOP, 2015


Writing Truth & Beauty: Using Your
Personal Photos to Inspire Creative Writing


Thanks again Kelly for being an agent of change and growth for me. And in just a few days!
— Workshop Participant 2015
Thank you so much for guiding us all into a most wondrous experience, and your attentive intelligence in keeping us on track and focused as each shared and bared depths.
— Workshop Participant 2015

Our photo streams show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places and experiences that bring meaning and healing into our lives.

In this workshop we will write creatively from personal photos to express the truth of what we feel - and know - and haven’t said, as we capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. We’ll write to reveal our identity, values, resilience, healing relationships and creativity.

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How Pictures Heal: Honoring Memory & Loss
through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos


Your [workshop] was a fabulous experience! You have created a vibrant, safe and unique workshop - so much fun! I loved every minute of it.
— Workshop Participant 2016
Really appreciated Kelly’s warmth, encouragement, support, and gentle nudging toward improvement. She has a sharp eye for what might shift a story in a better direction without succumbing to the temptation of rewriting/“over-guiding.
— Workshop Participant 2016

We all take, save, inherit and treasure, photographs of the people, places and things that bring meaning and mystery, love and loss, into our lives.

Writing from photos allows us to express the truth of what we feel and haven’t said, and capture the beauty and deeper meaning of an image in words. In this workshop, you'll let the images “speak” - writing poetry, memoir, or stories that capture personalities, relationships, rites of passage, cultural identity and family history. You’ll explore stories about your loved ones and your lives that help you honor, probe and preserve memories, find purpose and meaning amidst loss and change, and discover truth and beauty in telling end-of-life legacy stories.

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Telling Truth & Beauty: The Poetry and Prose
of Writing, Telling & Playing Back Personal Stories


I loved writing my monologue last minute and having it actually work! I liked taking pathos and using humor to deal with it. I loved sharing with that group of women; I was so moved by the process, the stories, the suggesting, the support...It was an uplifting experience. And the monologue presentation was a blast! SO FUN.
— Workshop Participant 2015
Kelly provided excellent resources, offered valuable, timely feedback, sought our feedback as the course progressed and created a nurturing atmosphere. The opportunity to both write and hone monologues and then hear our work performed by a professional actress exceeded my expectations of the class. I learned the freedom monologues offer in contrast to writing.
— Workshop Participant 2016

This lively workshop will get you into - and out of - your chair - taking risks, discovering gifts - to share your own stories and help other women writers reveal the personal and universal truth and beauty of their stories.

It will involve writing and improvisational acting, co-creating spontaneous art in an intimate setting with deep listening and creative response. Jo Salas, in her description of Playback Theatre from Improvising Real Life, says effective artistic expression is not the exclusive province of the professional… and all of us are able to reach into ourselves to create a thing of beauty that can touch other hearts. By exploring what Salas calls our undying need for connection through aesthetic ritual, this workshop will give you wonderful tools to develop new writing and structures and the chance to express the wisdom, truth and beauty of your stories.

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Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create
Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance


[I learned] better ways to approach monologue than the ways I’d been trying; liked that I cracked open a tough nut of a story in a new way, identifying the core problem Narrator needed to solve (which was different from the problem she was trying to solve).
— Workshop Participant 2016
Memoir as Monologue taught me the power of my own story. Kelly’s guidance on creating effective drama, her concrete feedback on improving my work, the nurturing environment she created for participants and the excellent resources she brought to the table opened a whole new world for me. This was one of the most effective online classes I’ve taken.
— Workshop Participant 2016

There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express what you’ve overcome and achieved, and creatively share your experience to benefit others through the medium of theatre.

In this workshop you'll write successful dramatic monologues based on your life that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Through thematic writing prompts and creative exploration, you’ll develop your ordinary and extraordinary life experiences into powerful, dramatic monologues that can be performed – by you or an actor – with universal appeal. We’ll explore elements of dramatic structure and the artistic qualities necessary for an effective dramatic monologue, including the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up. New writing will be generated and shared in class, and aspects of revision will be presented and practiced.

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Writing Truth & Beauty: A Creative
Writing Workshop w/Playback Theatre


I think what I liked best about the workshop is the fact that it was performance-oriented. I miss writing for theatre, and it was a great way to combine memoir with theatrical writing. I enjoyed the combination very much. I love the idea of writing a memoir as a series of monologues; it inspired me to think of this as an alternative in writing “my story.” I’ve been thinking about writing a memoir in verse, and writing as monologues is a variation of this.
— Workshop Participant 2015
Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!
— Workshop Participant 2015

This creative writing workshop will inspire you to deepen and strengthen your writing practice and develop new writing, particularly poetry and personal essays, exploring craft, revision and the creative process.

Our in-class writing process will be enhanced by the use of expressive Playback Theater forms to deepen and enliven the creative writing process. New and experienced writers are welcome!

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Writing & Producing Your Ten-Minute Play


I cannot thank you enough for the inspiration and guidance you gave us during the workshop. I have continued working on the scene and I’m very excited about this new genre I am discovering (or is discovering me!)
— Participant, Writing Your 10-Minute Play, 2016
It was a pleasure to be part of a play-writing workshop Kelly taught. Her expertise and encouragement brought me from a neophyte to an author of a 10-minute play in five days. And what a thrill it was seeing it performed under her guidance. I’m hooked!
— Participant, Writing Your 10-Minute Play, 2016
Kelly’s methods helped me to identify and write an important scene for my monologue. . . and. . . introduced me to a valuable tool for finally pin-pointing the thread of my memoir and monologue.
— Workshop Participant 2015

Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin?

Over the past decade, the 10-minute play has become a regular feature of theatre companies and festivals around the US, offering both novice and experienced playwrights a new opportunity to see their writing performed. In this class, each participant will develop a working draft of a ten-minute play using Gary Garrison’s pioneering book, A More Perfect 10, as a guide. In class writing and discussion will explore theatrical structure, including setup, dialogue, plot, character development, subtext, theme, theatricality, and elements of production. We will read and discuss successful 10-minute plays and discuss tools for avoiding common pitfalls. A variety of creative techniques will be introduced as prompts for finding dramatic stories to tell as 10-minute plays. Volunteer actors will read your play on so you can hear your script and respond to feedback. The final session will focus on revision, and the process of submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required!

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I’ve participated in two not-to-be-missed performance workshops offered by Kelly. I never thought of myself as an oral storyteller, but after a short week of working with Kelly, there I was, up on stage, miming my attempted suicide at age 9. Talk about learning how to handle heavy material!

Kelly really helped me keep it sober but not maudlin. She inspired me to take a five-week plus performance story-telling workshop and to enter Moth storytelling slams in multiple cities, garnering second place in one. In this year’s workshop, Kelly helped seven of us each get ten minute plays written, then read for an audience by experienced, even pro actors!

The whole event was a terrific success. I would never have realized I could write a play without Kelly’s skillful and supportive guidance.
— Participant, Writing Your Ten-Minute Play, 2016