Free Writing Workshops at Rosemont College

Saturday, November 8, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Rotwitt Theatre

Sponsored by: Rosemont College MFA in Creative Writing 

Do you aspire to be the next J.R.R. Tolkien or maybe Stephen King? Then our November FREE workshops are for you. Come join us at Rosemont College. The day features 2 free workshops with experts in the craft of writing.

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Writing Funny
John Stanton

In plays, sketches, monologues, speeches, essays, heck, even emails, writing funny isn’t a mystery after all.  This workshop and lecture will be designed to help writers write funnier. More specifically, this program will help one see where there’s humor already in the work. Looking at exaggeration, characterization and exploring conflict, the writer will discover that there’s usually laughter right under the surface. All that’s required is a sense of humor and a little writing experience.

John Stanton, founded Madhouse Theater Company in 2000. Madhouse has since produced a number of his plays including Headcase, No Show, 3Sum, and Playing Leni. John was also a contributor and producer of Madhouse's popular late night comedy sketch shows, Saturday Night  Special and Late Night Snack. Additionally, John is a musician and songwriter. His band, Original Rays plays around the Philadelphia area. Currently, John is developing an online comedy pod cast for Madhouse which will launch in 2015. In his spare time, John teaches comedy writing at Montgomery County Community College.
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Can We Talk? A Dialogue Writing Workshop

Kelly Simmons


Tips for harnessing dialogue to enrich characters, build tension, and move plot.   Come ready to talk, listen and write a few brief exercises. Bring a WIP if you have one.

  • When dialogue is needed and when prose would do the job better
  • Common dialogue pitfalls
  • Fine-tuning dialogue to enliven any scene
  • Tips for ongoing improvement
Kelly Simmons is a former journalist and advertising creative director. Her first novel, Standing Still, was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2008, and hailed by Publishers Weekly as “an exhilarating debut.” Her second novel, The Bird House, received a starred review from Kirkus, and they are really, really picky. Her new novel, One More Day, will be published in October 2015. She is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of published novelists dedicated to building community. Follow her on Twitter @kellysimmons

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Carla Spataro

Director, MFA in Creative Writing
610.527.0200 x2346

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November 8 Writing Workhops

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