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Your Pictures As Poetry & Prose - Writing From Your Photo Stream Online Workshop
May
8
to Jun 26

Your Pictures As Poetry & Prose - Writing From Your Photo Stream Online Workshop

Photo Inspired Creative Writing Webinar Series
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Photo Inspired Creative Writing Webinar Series
100.00

4-Week Webinar

Dates: May 8 & 22, June 5 & 19, 8-10 p.m. Eastern

Your Pictures As Poetry with Kelly DuMar online in Zoom.us free videoconferencing

The link to attend the webinar sessions will be sent to you upon registration!

Please bring personal photos to write from!

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NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE: June 5 rescheduled to June 26, 2018

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My Poetry Feature with Lisa DeSiro, Jennifer Martelli, Anne Pluto & more
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

My Poetry Feature with Lisa DeSiro, Jennifer Martelli, Anne Pluto & more

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I'm honored to be included in this upcoming poetry and music event, hosted by poet Lisa DeSiro, on Jun 23 in Somerville. Please join us for a reading/performance/exhibit featuring six local women artists. Books and handmade creations will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Hope to see you there!

Solidarity Salon: a reading/performance/exhibit

Saturday, June 23, 7:00–9:00 pm

Featuring:

Lisa DeSiro, poet and pianist

Kelly DuMar, poet and playwright

Darci Hanna, artist

Jennifer Martelli, poet

Kay Patterson, soprano

Anne Pluto, poet

WHERE & WHEN:

Third Life Studio

33 Union Square

Somerville, MA

http://www.thirdlifestudio.com/directions

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Write with me on Martha's Vineyard - 4 Writing From Your Photo Stream Workshops Jul 26-Aug. 16 at Featherstone Center for the Arts
Jul
26
to Aug 16

Write with me on Martha's Vineyard - 4 Writing From Your Photo Stream Workshops Jul 26-Aug. 16 at Featherstone Center for the Arts

Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream

Days: Thursdays

July 26, August 2, 9, 16
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
Location: Featherstone Center for the Arts, Martha's Vineyard
Fee: $125 for the four class series
To Register: Call Featherstone at 508-693-1850
To Learn More: Featherstone Summer Writing Workshops
The photos we save and the photos we take show what we care about and hope to preserve, what moves and mystifies us, the people, places, stories and experiences that bring meaning into our lives. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that arrest our attention and unpack why they do. Writing stories from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art – no matter the quality of the photo, we can approach them with an artist’s perception and awareness of powerful hidden meanings and revelations worthy of development into creative prose and poetry. Writing from photos allows us 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. Each participant will bring, weekly, 1-3 photos to explore, as we shape images into poetry and prose that reveal personalities, identity, relationships, conflicts, and universal truth and beauty. Participants may choose to bring photos specifically relating to current or prospective projects in poetry or prose. 

Kelly DuMar is a poet and playwright who teaches creative writing workshops across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, the Our Voices Festival and Playback Theatre North America Conference. Her poems are published in many literary magazines, including “The Bellevue Review,” “Corium,” “Cape Cod Review,” “Storm Cellar,” “Crab Fat,” and “Tupelo Quarterly,” and she’s author of two poetry and prose chapbooks, “All These Cures,” published by Lit House Press, and “Tree of the Apple,” published by Two of Cups Press. Her award winning plays have been produced around the US and Canada, and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and she founded the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. She serves on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild. Learn more at kellydumar.com.
 
 http://www.featherstoneart.org/summer-classes-2018

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SPARKS! My June 10 Webinar/Interview w/ Poet Jennifer Jean for TLAN
Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS! My June 10 Webinar/Interview w/ Poet Jennifer Jean for TLAN

https://www.tlanetwork.org/event-2935485

We’re thrilled to welcome special guest, Jennifer Jean, to be our next SPARKS! feature on June 10. Jennifer is a poet, educator and activist who has been teaching poetry workshops to human trafficking and trauma survivors in order to empower them to tell their own stories in their own way. Kelly DuMar will interview Jennifer about her transformative language arts work with survivors, as well as ask Jennifer to read some of her own poems. This is an opportunity for TLA practitioners to learn and share best practices for working with survivors in writing groups and be introduced to Jennifer’s model for facilitating free2write workshops for survivors. Please bring a poem, story, or song to share in our open mic following the interview.

REGISTER (free!) HERE

Sparks is a free bi-monthly webinar moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry, story & song open mic.

About Special Guest Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean is a poet, educator, activist, and consummate "literary citizen." Her debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table); her poetry chapbooks include: The Archivist, and In the War. Jennifer’s newest manuscript, titled Object, was a finalist for the 2016 Green Mountains Review Book Prize. Other honors include: a 2018 Disquiet FLAD Fellowship; a 2017 Her Story Is residency, where she worked with Iraqi women artists in Dubai; a 2016 Good Bones Prize; and, a 2013 Ambassador for Peace Award for her activism in the arts. As well, her poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in: Poetry Magazine, Waxwing Journal, Rattle Magazine, Crab Creek Review, Denver Quarterly, Mud City Journal, Solstice, Pangyrus, and more. She is Poetry Editor of The Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, and Co-director of Morning Garden Artists Retreats. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to trauma survivors, and she teaches writing at Boston-area universities

Poetry Open Mic

And there’s more to share. Bring an original poem! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Gathering

  • Kelly will interview Jennifer Jean for 30 minutes about her work with sex trafficking survivors and her poetry.

  • We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

  • We’ll devote the next 15 minutes to the open mic

  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Joining the Call on Zoom

Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:45 P.M. CENTRAL and 7:45 P.M. EASTERN so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing.

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including “Bellevue Review,” “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” and more. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 12th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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NEW! Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

NEW! Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Registration RE-OPENS for 6-month PLAY LAB

PLAY LAB, May 17 -Oct. 18, 2018 - Meets Monthly, Scenes & Monologues

A Six-month Online Workshop with Kelly DuMar via Zoom

Register by e-mail KellyDumar@gmail.com

Cost: $165

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat 2018
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

IWWG Boston Writing From Your Life Retreat 2018

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Mark your calendar now for the 3rd Annual IWWG (International Women's Writing Guild) Writing From Your Life Retreat

April 28, 2018 Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA)

Produced by Kelly DuMar

Featuring Writing Workshops with IWWG Faculty: Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock & Kelly DuMar

 

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  • When

    Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • 9:30 AM - 5:15 PM

  • Location

    The Montrose School, 29 North Street, Medfield, MA 02052

  • Boston & New Englandarea writers — Please join us for our 3rd annual day-long writing retreat with three outstanding IWWG instructors. Our Writing from Your Life Retreat offers you professional and personal insights into writing memoir, myth, and monologue, as well as exceptional enrichment of your creative life. Experience the gifts of the Guild community during our annual regional event in MetroWest Boston!

The Zen of Writing: Clear Seeing, Clear Writing
Susan Tiberghien

To enter into the mystery of Zen, we need to let go of all the distractions that surround us. We need to lift the lid of our conscious minds and open our eyes. What we see clearing, we will write clearly. We will focus first on journal writing, looking for seeds for life stories. Then on how to write our stories, focusing on both personal essays and memoir. In reading excerpts from C.G. Jung, Thich Nhat Hanh, Natalie Goldberg, Annie Dillard, and Suki Kim, we will let the practice of Zen inspire and illuminate our own writing. 

Writing The Heroine’s Journey
Maureen Murdock

Now, more than ever, women are speaking their truth as the feminine demands healing. In this workshop, we will explore the stages in The Heroine̕s Journey, which redefines the heroic quest for women. The journey entails an initial separation from feminine values, seeking recognition and success in a patriarchal culture, experiencing spiritual aridity and death, and turning inward to reclaim the power and spirit of the sacred feminine. As women claim their voice and name their experience, this workshop will provide a framework for their voice to be heard.

Your Memoir as Monologue:
Crafting Dynamic Monologues for Performance & Publication
Kelly DuMar
There’s beauty and meaning to mine from your life story, and this workshop will help you artistically express and creatively share your life experiences through the medium of theatre. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome!

  • Registration
  • Member – $95.00
  • Nonmember – $120.00
  • Registration with Membership – $135.00

    This registration includes membership to IWWG for one year ($55 value) for first-time members.

  • Student (with ID) – $45.00

    YOU MUST PROVIDE STUDENT ID at check-in.

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Riverwood Poetry Series Workshop: Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream, West Hartford, CT
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Riverwood Poetry Series Workshop: Your Pictures as Poetry: Writing From Your Photo Stream, West Hartford, CT

April 12th: Kelly DuMar Presents “Your Pictures as Poetry”

Riverwood Poetry presents poet and writer Kelly DuMar. On Thursday April 12th, Kelly will lead a workshop called Your Pictures as Poetry, Writing from your Photo Stream. In this workshop, we’ll write creatively from personal photos that capture our attention and unpack why they do. Writing from photos allows us to approach our pictures as works of art and use them as inspiration for writing. Bring 1 to 3 photos if possible.

Universalist Church of West Hartford (in the Program Center)

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433 Fern Street, West Hartford, CT 06107860.233.3669

  • Admission is free, though donations are gratefully accepted

April is National Poetry Month so we hope you can celebrate and write poetry with us!

For more information go to Riverwood Poetry

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New Author Panel - IWWG Spring Big Apple, Poets House, NYC
Apr
15
8:30 AM08:30

New Author Panel - IWWG Spring Big Apple, Poets House, NYC

 New Author's Panel, Poets House, NYC, April 15, 2018

New Author's Panel, Poets House, NYC, April 15, 2018

Wondering what's involved with publishing a poetry chapbook? That's what I'll be sharing on April 15 in NYC, as part of the annual International Women's Writing Guild Spring Big Apple Writing Conference in NYC at Poets House. Delighted to be on this new author panel with IWWG member friends, Cathleen O'Connor, Julie Maloney, Lisa Irish, Janet Lombardi, and Andrene Bonner - discussing the publishing of books on flash fiction, memoir, nonfiction and novels.  I'l be sharing about my poetry chapbook, Tree of the Apple, published by Two of Cups Press, in February 2017.

There's a whole day of writing workshops to enjoy as well, in fiction, poetry, publishing and pitching, with Yun Wei, Paula Scardamalia, and Cathleen O'Connor. To learn more about registering for the event, please see below and go to IWWG.org/events.

Hope to see you at Poets House!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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SPARKS: A Free Webinar For Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS: A Free Webinar For Transformative Language Arts (TLA) Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, 7 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Eastern

Folktales, Funding, Erotica & Social Change: 

Transformation Classes for Your New Year!

Featuring: Lyn Ford, Jen Cross, Anya Achtenberg & Diane Silver Moderated: by Kelly DuMar

Sparks is a free bi-monthly webinar moderated by Kelly DuMar, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry, story & song open mic. Join us this month to learn about four exceptional TLA online classes for a presentation & discussion with teachers of four TLA upcoming classes, including:

Fantastic Folktales & Visionary Angles to Transform Our Stories // with Lyn Ford

Claiming Desire: Erotic Writing as Resistance // with Jen Cross

Writing for Social Change: Redream a Just World // with Anya Achtenberg

Funding Transformation: Grant Writing for Storytellers, Writers, Artists, Educators, & Activists // with Diane Silver

Poetry, Song & Story) Open Mic

And there’s more to share. Bring an original poem, song or story to share! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by an Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the webinar is welcome to share an original poem, story or song. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your creativity in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Gathering

Kelly will interview Lyn, Jen, Anya & Diane for 30 minutes about their upcoming classes for TLA

We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

·       We’ll devote the next 15 minutes to the open mic  

·       You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Register here to get the link attend.

Kelly will arrive on the videoconference at 6:45 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches! You will receive links and numbers in your email after RSVPing. About Kelly DuMar

 

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Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Kelly is author of a non-fiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including “Bellevue Review,” “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” and more. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Dec
21
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Meeting: Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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Student Day of Poetry with Mass. Poetry
Dec
14
8:00 AM08:00

Student Day of Poetry with Mass. Poetry

I'm looking forward to presenting two writing workshops for middle schoolers: Your Pictures as Poetry - Writing From Your Photo Stream

JOIN US THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 FOR THE STATEWIDE STUDENT DAY OF POETRY FESTIVAL AT UMASS BOSTON

Mass Poetry is returning to UMass Boston for an SDOP Festival for over 1,000 students grades 6 - 12. Students will attend two writing-generative workshops of their choice, led by top poet educators, as well as participate in a performance and an open mic.

Stay tuned as we add poets to the line-up!

Registration is $50 per school. Email sara@masspoetry.org to sign up your students.

 MassPoetry.org

MassPoetry.org

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Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online
Nov
30
7:15 PM19:15

Write Your Monologue or Solo Show Play Lab Online

Kelly’s monologue workshop taught me the power of my own story. Her 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.
— 2016 Workshop Participant
 Actor Sally Nutt

Actor Sally Nutt

Monologue & Solo Show Play Lab: Begins Nov. 30, 2017 

Writing Dynamic Dramatic Monologues for Performance with Kelly DuMar

A Six-Month Online Play Lab via Zoom
Starts Thurs, November 30, 2017 8:00-9:30 p.m. (ET)
Meets monthly, 3rd Thursday of the month (except Nov.)
COST: $165.00 (for the entire 6 month series)
REGISTER: E-mail Kelly kellydumar@gmail.com to arrange payment or ask questions

Whether or you’re interested in developing a single monologue for performance or a one-person show, this online Play Lab facilitated by playwright Kelly DuMar, will provide a group process that will help you develop powerful dramatic monologues that are personally meaningful, artistically satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. Everyone will participate through Zoom videoconference from your computer, where you’ll present your monologue and discuss with participants. Our lab discussions & feedback process will explore elements of dramatic structure, including theatricality, the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up and how to get your monologue produced. New writing will be generated in and out of the play lab, shared in our monthly meetings, and aspects of revision will be presented.

ABOUT KELLY DUMAR

Kelly is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US. Kelly teaches Your Memoir as Monologue online for the Transformative Language Arts Association. She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Her poems and prose are published in many literary journals. Closer to home, Kelly facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a Playback Theatre practitioner.

What Inspires Kelly to Teach Monologues -

An Interview with the Transformative Language Arts Blog

What inspires you to teach this lab:

I love monologues. Listening to them, helping others write them, and writing them myself. First person narratives are gripping invitations to audiences, particularly when they present a dramatic journey, and moments of survival of someone – a person, a character – who has enlisted my compassion and concern.

Don’t you love the invitation to enchantment? The theatre, darkened, the stage lit. Whether I’m in the audience or the playwright, I’m involved and transported by possibility. The theatrical question, What if. . . is an invitation to be enlightened, and changed through storytelling.

I love helping writers tell powerful stories on the stage – particularly those whose voices and stories have been unheard, silenced, trivialized or marginalized. Eleven years ago, I founded a play festival, Our Voices, for new and experienced women playwrights to have a uniquely supportive place to develop their stories for the stage. Our Voices is an all day play lab that has supported nearly 150 women playwrights to develop plays with actors and directors. I love how one participant last year describes her experience in Our Voices, because she nails why writing monologues based on life experience can be so validating:

“Writing is my solace and joy, coming to me in bursts of laughter or darkness.  I have stories to tell yet, at times, I shrink from sharing, doubting my own voice.  Through more workshops and conversation, I hope to strengthen that confidence in my point of view and reinvigorate the process to write the things I don’t yet dare to consider.”

How is writing for the page different from writing for the stage?

Collaboration with other artists is illuminating, joyful, and challenging – and writing for the stage requires it. Sitting day to day at one’s desk can be lonely. But writing for the stage invites us into a theatre – a rehearsal, into a relationship with actors, directors, and audiences. Here’s what an Our Voices participant shared about writing for the stage:

“One of the things I love most about writing plays is the possibility of witnessing one’s words and dramatic vision come alive on stage.”

Writing monologues for the stage makes the healing power of writing visible, visceral and accessible – not just for the playwright, but the audience as well. People are so amazingly resilient! Writing monologues for the stage is a natural way to find out how resilient you are – and sharing what you write inspires other people to feel hopeful and resilient.

What are some of your favorite dramatic monologues? 

My favorite is definitely Emily Webb’s “Goodbye,” monologue in Thornton Wilder’s classic play, Our Town. What moves me in a dramatic monologue is when a character goes on a compelling emotional journey and takes me with her – she begins in one place and ends in another – she’s more awakened, and so am I. Watch these Youtube videos of two different performances of the Emily Webb role – the first is from a movie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCLHkaHOO80

Here’s the same monologue in a recording of a stage performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmCnzU5uZUY

What can students in this class expect?

We need spaces where we can give ourselves permission to un-silence our deepest truths and most authentic self. In Memoir as Monologue, I facilitate a safe, supportive, healing environment for writers to tap into their deep feelings and beliefs and find the courage and skill to share them for personal growth and craft them for performance. Participants can expect to express ordinary and extraordinary life experiences, and feelings and construct powerful, dramatic stories with universal appeal.

Praise for Kelly’s Monologue & Playwriting Workshops

“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.”

“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.”

“[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).”

“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.”

“Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!”

“Your memoir-to-monologue class has inspired a whole new project. Thank you. And thanks to my classmates. I learned so much from each of you.”

 “Thank you for creating such a collaborative atmosphere of mutual support.”

For more information or to register, please use the form below and Kelly will get right back to you! Thanks!

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I'm Featuring at Wake Up & Smell the Poetry on November 11 in Hopkinton
Nov
11
10:30 AM10:30

I'm Featuring at Wake Up & Smell the Poetry on November 11 in Hopkinton

November 11, 2017 Kelly will be a featured poet/presenter at Wake Up & Smell the Poetry

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE POETRY
Saturday, November 11th at 10:30 a.m.
Announcing guest features
GREY HELD
KELLY DUMAR
JUNKO OGAWA and RICK GOGGIN
and Open Mic for poetry, story and song to follow

Hosted by Cheryl Perreault
Free admission. Free coffee and bagels.
Taking place at 77 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA.
To reserve a seat and/or reserve a seat,
send an email to cbperreault@gmail.com

A program for community arts of poetry, songwriting and story at HCAM TV Studios that takes place monthly from 10:30-1:00. For more info, go to , or contact Cheryl Perreault, host of Wake up and Smell the Poetry CBPerreault@gmail.com

This series is for the merging of minds and souls of poets, musicians and other performing artists... as well as those simply coming to listen. We provide a forum for a variety of talented writers and performing artists to share their words and get people awakened and excited about the diversity of voices, perspectives and insights expressed through the art form of poetry, song and spoken word.

This program is offered jointly by Cheryl Perrault a host/ producer and by HCAM Station Manager Jim Cozzens. Admission is free but there is a passing of the hat for the features. There are very talented poets and musicians on board for this coming season. You can sign up for reserved seating and open mic below. Open mic slots are limited and available on a first come first serve basis. (More info)

Cheryl Perreault

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Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration
Oct
25
to Dec 6

Writing Truth & Beauty 6-Week Workshop - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

Six Week Sessions this Fall with the Farm Pond Writer's Collective  Sherborn, MA:

SESSION 2: Oct. 25 - Dec. 6, 2017

10:00 - 12:15 p.m.    

SPACE IS LIMITED

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Participants write from prompts, share work, and develop craft and art, as well as writing for personal insight and creative expression in poetry, memoir, personal essay & more. Once per session we have an intimate evening of "Open Readings" & desserts to share work in progress with invited guests - if you'd like to be invited please e-mail me! 

The workshop is held in a private residence on Farm Pond.  Cost: $150 per 6-week session. Please e-mail me about your interest, then mail a deposit of $30 to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770 to hold your place. Contact Kellydumar@kellydumar.com

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
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Our Voices XI Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

Our Voices XI Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights

Join Us for This Free Event September 24, 2017 Showcasing Plays & Monologues by Boston Area Women Writers!

The 11th Annual Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights will take place September 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. at Wellesley College in the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Alumnae Hall. This FREE event is open to the public, and we hope you'll join us to support new writing by Boston area women playwrights. We start with a reception (refreshments) at 6:30 p.m., and doors open at 6:50, and seats are first come first served. The new plays and monologues will feature the talents of some of Boston's best actors and directors performing new plays by: 

Anne Marilyn Lucas    My Husband’s Keeper
Zahra A. Belyea   An Editorial
Sue Huggans  The Way Out
Phyllis Rittner Nobody’s Sweetie
Alicia Olivo Flood
Kathleen Miller Blue Socks
Lida McGirr   A House Divided
Andrea Fleck Clardy Forbidden Friend
Hortense Gerardo Virtuous Reality
Kelly, Franci & Perri DuMar Run Aways

(Please note: Not in order of lineup)

Our Voices Mission: Our Voices aims to nourish Boston area women playwrights by providing a supportive, inspirational setting for developing our unique voices and sharing our vision by presenting plays and monologues in process with talented actors and directors in front of an audience. Over the past eleven years Our Voices has supported over 150 women writers to develop work for the stage. The festival is supported by the generosity of Nora Hussey and the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre, Wellesley College.

Preceding the evening of staged readings, an all-day development workshop for selected playwrights to share works in progress for discussion, features:

Daytime Reading Assignments:

Mickey Coburn The Left Bower

Fabiola Decius  Draped in History

Cass von Braun The Legend of Will o’ the Wisp

Carole Frohlich   Double Jeopardy

Elise Griffin   A Presidency

Geralyn Horton   Vice Presidential

Ann Marie Shea  At Your Service

Rosie Rosenzweig A Ghost

Wellesley College is located at 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA. The Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre is in the basement of Alumnae Hall, which is wheelchair accessible. There is free parking in the garage across from Alumnae Hall.

Directions Link:  https://www.wellesley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/departments/slater/files/incoming/campus_map.pdf

For more information, contact founder and producer Kelly DuMar (KellyDuMar@gmail.com) or call her at 508.647.0596

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SPARKS: A Free Videoconference Interview with Author Gregg Levoy, Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg
Sep
6
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS: A Free Videoconference Interview with Author Gregg Levoy, Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Please join me, Sept. 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m. EASTERN, 7:00 p.m. (CENTRAL) for SPARKS: A FREE Videoconference & Poetry Open Mic with special guest, author Gregg Levoy. 

“Finding & Following Your Passion & Calling” with special guest, Author Gregg Levoy

Moderated by Kelly DuMar & Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for the Transformative Language Arts Assoc. RSVP here

ABOUT GREGG LEVOY:

Gregg Levoy is the author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion (Penguin), and Callings: Finding and Following An Authentic Life (Random House)—rated among the "Top 20 Career Publications" by the Workforce Information Group. He is also the former "behavioral specialist" at USA Today and a regular blogger for Psychology Today

As a speaker, he has presented at the Smithsonian Institution, Environmental Protection Agency, Microsoft, National Conference on Positive Aging, American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and many others, and been a frequent guest of the media, including ABC-TV, CNN, NPR and PBS.

A former adjunct professor of journalism at the University of New Mexico, and former columnist and reporter for USA Today and the Cincinnati Enquirer, he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Omni, Psychology Today, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and many others. His website is www.gregglevoy.com.

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Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing & Transformation
Sep
6
to Oct 17

Your Memoir as Monologue: How to Create Dynamic Dramatic Monologues About Healing & Transformation

A Six-week Online Class Taught by Kelly DuMar for the Transformative Language Arts Network (TLAN)

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. You’ll learn how to write successful dramatic monologues based on your life that are personally meaningful, emotionally satisfying, and relevant and engaging for an audience. In class, 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. In class meetings will present elements of dramatic structure and explore the artistic qualities necessary for an effective dramatic monologue. We’ll explore the role of conflict, plot, communicating subtext, voice, narrative, and the importance of set-up. New writing will be generated in and out of class, shared in class and aspects of revision will be presented and practiced. Beginning and experienced writers in any genre are welcome! Read an interview here with Kelly on this dynamic class.

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.
— Diane Glass, Class Member 2016

TO LEARN MORE

TO REGISTER

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator from the Boston area. She’s author of two poetry chapbooks, All These Cures, (Lit House Press), and Tree of the Apple, (Two of Cups Press). Kelly is author of a non-fiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Her poems, prose and photos are published in many literary journals including “Tupelo Quarterly,” “Poydras,” “Tiferet,” “Kindred,” “The Good Men Project.” Her award winning plays are produced around the US and are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its 11th year, and leads a variety of workshops for writers across the US, including The Mass. Poetry Festival, The International Women’s Writing Guild, The Power of Words Conference, Mass. Poetry Festival, the New England Theatre Conference, Playback Theatre North America Conference, and Winter Wheat.  She’s on the board & faculty of The International Women’s Writing Guild and produces the IWWG Summer Conference Play Lab and the Annual Boston Regional Writing From Your Life Retreat. Closer to home, she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for women, the Farm Pond Writer’s Collective, now in its third year. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. You can follow Kelly’s daily nature blog, “#NewThisDay Writing From My Photo Stream,” and join her mailing list at kellydumar.com

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Writing Truth & Beauty Weekly Workshop - Fall Session
Sep
6
to Oct 11

Writing Truth & Beauty Weekly Workshop - Fall Session

Writing Truth & Beauty - Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Inspiration

FALL SESSION: Sept. 6-Oct. 11, 2017

10:00 - 12:15 SPACE LIMITED

This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Participants write from prompts, share work, and develop craft and art, as well as writing for personal insight and creative expression in poetry, memoir, personal essay & more. Once per session we have an intimate evening of "Open Readings" & desserts to share work in progress with invited guests - if you'd like to be invited please e-mail me! The weekly workshop is held in a private residence on Farm Pond.  

Cost: $150 per 6-week session. Please e-mail me about your interest, then mail a deposit of $30 to Kelly DuMar, P.O. Box 297, Sherborn, MA 01770 to hold your place. ontact Kellydumar@gmail.com

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Psychodrama & Writing Workshop August 19, 2017, Power of Words Conference
Aug
19
1:15 PM13:15

Psychodrama & Writing Workshop August 19, 2017, Power of Words Conference

Psychodrama, Writing, & Imagination: Playful Tools for Healing, Growth, & Change, Ferry Beach, Saco, Maine

Psychodrama is a powerful – and playful - modality for healing, growth, role-training and personal/community transformation. Psychodramatic tools are marvelously creative and can be applied with dynamic results in (1) writing workshops (2) therapeutic relationships, and (3) in the development of your own writing. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to key elements of psychodrama (role reversal, doubling, auxiliary roles, surplus reality, empty chair & more) and have the chance to practice psychodrama based writing warm-ups for use in a variety of settings. No background in psychodrama is necessary and 1.5 training hours may be earned.

Kelly DuMar, M.Ed. is a playwright and poet who facilitates creative writing & expressive arts workshops across the US. Her poems are published widely in literary journals and her plays are published by dramatic publishers. Kelly’s newest chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press in 2107. Kelly is a certified psychodramatist and a Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. She serves on the board and faculty of the International Women’s Writing Guild and she facilitates Sparks!, a bi-monthly poetry, story, and song videoconference for TLAN. Her website is kellydumar.com. 

To Register for the Power of Words Conference: Go here

More About Why to Attend the POWER OF WORDS Conference, Ferry Beach, Saco, Maine Aug. 18-20

Join us August 18th-20th, 2017 at Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine for our 14th Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word, with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.

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Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue
Jul
7
to Jul 14

Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

I'm pleased to be presenting a weeklong workshop for my 5th summer at the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Conference at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, July 7-14, 2017

Writing & Producing Your 10-Minute Play or Monologue

Have you always wanted to write for the stage, but didn’t know how to begin? Over the past decade, short play festivals have become a regular feature of theatre companies, offering both novice and experienced playwrights the opportunity to see their writing performed. Participants will develop in class (or bring to class) a working draft of either (1) a ten-minute play, or (2) a short monologue or excerpt from a one-woman show. Through in-class writing, discussion, script reading, and revision, we will explore theatrical structure, setup, dialogue, plot, character development, subtext, theme, theatricality, and elements of production. We’ll discuss successful ten-minute plays and monologues, applying tools for avoiding common pitfalls. This workshop culminates in a developmental staged reading on Wednesday evening (open to all conference attendees), where actors will read your play on stage so you can hear your script and respond to feedback. The final session focuses on revision and submitting to play festivals for production. No prior playwriting experience is required. 

TO LEARN MORE & REGISTER for the 40th Annual IWWG Summer Writing Intensive and discover the 30 plus multi-genre writing workshops we're offering - go to IWWG Events and join us!

Play Readings from 2016 Workshop pictured below featuring Chuck Bergman, Karen Devaney and Heather Summerhayes Cariou

About Kelly DuMar

Kelly DuMar is a playwright and poet from the Boston area, whose recent workshop presentations include the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Power of Words Conference, True Story Theater, Berkshire Women Writers, Playback North America, and the New England Theatre Conference. She is the author of a nonfiction book, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children, and won the Lit House Press Poetry Chapbook Award for All These Cures. Her newest poetry and prose chapbook, Tree of the Apple, was published by Two of Cups Press this year. Kelly’s award-winning plays and monologues are produced around the US and Canada. Her award-winning one-act play for youth, The Adventures of Rocky & Skye, was published by Youth Plays. Kelly is a past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, where she led play development activities for many years. She founded and produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College. / www.KellyDuMar.com

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Boston Poetry Salon Featured Poet
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Boston Poetry Salon Featured Poet

June 23, 2017, 7 p.m. I'm thrilled to be the featured poet at the Boston Poetry Salon. I'll be reading for approximately 30 minutes, both recent and older poems. Please join us at a private home near Symphony Hall in Boston. To RSVP, please e-mail Tom Daley

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Boston IWWG Spring Writing From Your Life Retreat
May
6
9:00 AM09:00

Boston IWWG Spring Writing From Your Life Retreat

Mark your calendar now for the 2nd Annual IWWG (International Women's Writing Guild) Writing From Your Life Retreat

May 6, 2017 Metrowest Boston (Medfield, MA)

Produced by Kelly DuMar

Featuring Writing Workshops with IWWG Faculty: Susan Tiberghien, Maureen Murdock & Kelly DuMar

http://www.iwwg.org/events

 

 

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SPARKS - A Free Video-Conference Featuring True Story Theater
Apr
25
8:00 PM20:00

SPARKS - A Free Video-Conference Featuring True Story Theater

Sparks! with True Story Theatre

 True Story Theater Troupe

True Story Theater Troupe

A Free Online Gathering for Poetry, Stories, and Songs, sponsored by the Transformative Language Arts Association

April 25, 2017   7pm CENTRAL, 8pm EASTERN

Moderated by Kelly DuMar, with special guests from True Story Theater

Sparks, formally known as Let's Talk TLA, is a free bi-monthly teleconference moderated by Kelly DuMar, TLAN Membership Chair, interviewing notable Transformative Language Artists on their work, followed by a poetry open mic.

Read more information about True Story Theater

Register in advance here to join the call on Zoom

Also, Sign Up for the Poetry Open Mic!

Bring an original poem! This unique discussion and networking opportunity will be followed by a Poetry Open Mic. Everyone who participates in the teleconference is welcome to share an original poem. Whether you’re reading your poetry aloud for the first time, or you’re a seasoned reader, this is a chance to share your writing in the supportive presence of appreciative listeners. It’s a remarkably fun and moving experience.

Format of the Gathering

  • Kelly will interview Christopher Ellinger, artistic director of True Story Theater and other members on the call for 30 minutes about their unique form of Playback Theatre..

  • We'll then have 10-15 minutes to ask questions and discuss TLA, your own practice, goals, or vision.

  • We’ll devote the next 15 or so minutes to the open mic poetry readings.

  • You don’t need to be a member of TLAN to participate!

Kelly will arrive on the video conference at 6:30 p.m. CENTRAL so you can connect early & work out any glitches!

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IWWG Florida Writing Conference
Mar
25
9:00 AM09:00

IWWG Florida Writing Conference

2nd Annual Florida Regional IWWG Writing Conference, Ponte Vedra, FL, co-sponsored by the Riverwood Writer's Group

Registration will open soon - please contact IWWG@gmail.com for more info

Two Half-Day Workshops Featuring IWWG Faculty:

Kelly DuMar – Writing Truth & Beauty: Using Your Personal Photos for Creative Writing in Poetry & Prose

Judith Huge - Making More of Memoir: Tools for Drawing Readers To and Into Your Own Non-Fiction Writing

 

http://www.iwwg.org/events
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How Pictures Heal: A Six Week Online Class
Mar
1
to Apr 11

How Pictures Heal: A Six Week Online Class

March 1 – April 11, 2017

How Pictures Heal – Honoring Memory & Loss through Expressive Writing from Personal Photos – Taught by Kelly DuMar

Kelly will facilitate this six week online class through The Transformative Language Arts Association. Details about how to register will be posted soon. For more information, go to TLAN.

About the Workshop:  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 course, writers and TLA practitioners at all levels of experience will imaginatively encounter personal photos with questions that generate remarkable writing experiences. 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 express truth and beauty from relationships after loss. For TLA practitioners, we will explore specific applications in your work with individuals and groups, such as coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, and the healing power of telling end-of-life or legacy stories.

Register Here!

Your class was awesome, inspiring and so very insightful. What gifts you bring and give. Thank you!
— WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT 2015
 Fiddlehead, Photo by Kelly DuMar 2016

Fiddlehead, Photo by Kelly DuMar 2016

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