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05/10 Playwriting Techniques with Tim West

Date: First class is May 10, 2014 Time: 12pm to 2pm Number of sessions: 2--Saturdays, May 10 and 17, 2014 Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

Work with recognized actor- playwright Tim West to energize and enliven your writing with dramatic techniques gleaned from writing for the stage!

This four hour course provides a night of exercises and a second evening of practice to leave the participant with both a roadmap for current projects and a toolkit for future ones.

This course is designed for people who may have experience with theatre or writing, but not necessarily both. The course is designed to aid us all in accessing the wellsprings of creativity, providing the artist and wordsmith with authentic voices, dynamic characters, and unique dramatic incident. The course utilizes techniques of kinesthetic and emotional response, free writing and guided practice to provide the writer with tools for tapping into the power of the subconscious to express ourselves and open us to sensing the organic structure in our lives.

Playwriting is area where authentic dialogue, dynamic characters and unique dramatic incident are most readily seen, but this course will benefit any writer who is open to working with an acknowledged actor – playwright and looking at theatrical techniques for energizing and enlivening their writing.


Tim West has been a San Diego-based  theatre artist for more than 25 years. He is a noted actor with 40+ area professional credits in theatres from Lambs Players to ion. As a playwright, he has had more than a dozen of his plays produced, including multiple works commissioned by both Scripps Ranch Theatre and Sledgehammer Theatre, as well as one by the San Diego Zoo. He has taught writing for general audiences at Cygnet Theatre and the resident ensemble master class at Sledgehammer as well as for the talented kids of San Diego Junior Theatre, kids building skills at San Diego City Schools, and adult speakers of English as a Second Language. These techniques are universally effective in freeing the writer’s voice in each of us. Tim draws from a variety of sources, but his techniques are based primarily in the communal work of Obie Award winner Deb Margolin, with whom he studied the Audrey Skirball- Kenis Foundation in Los Angeles. Tim is a graduate of San Diego State University.

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and ensure the class does not get cancelled or shifted to another date and time.  We evaluate registration numbers between 7 and 3 days before a class start to decide about whether to keep or reschedule it.  By registering 7 days or more in advance, you help us help our participants and instructors in many ways.