Writing Your Heart Out Through Characters Class
Writing Your Heart Out Through Characters

Time frame: 6 week course one-on-one (May 1st-June 8th)

Where: Weekly Virtual Individual Meetings based on your schedule, Lasting 1 hour and half) 15-20 minutes will be a sharing of knowledge/workshop style and then writing activities that will help you get out of your own way and tell the story.

Who: You, the writer with so many stories to tell.

Cost: $60 Dollars (Payment Plan available, Paypal available)

Start date: May 2018-June 2018

From this class, you have a 1st draft of a one ONE ACT play/script (20-30 pages) where you will get deep into the characters and who they are. I will be there with you every step of the way.

You will be expected to work on your writing after/before class. You will be given short (think like 3 paragraphs) articles (no more than a short article you would read on Buzzfeed or somewhere) that talk about writing or inspiration and character building. But this is a writing workshop based class so the reading will not be overwhelming or a ton.

Honor code: This is a space of love and honesty so any work done in this space is the property of the writer and WILL NOT be shared with other parties or used for other purposes.


WEEK ONE: Finding the Story through the characters

WEEK TWO: Finding the Characters

WEEK THREE: The Crap Draft

WEEK FOUR: The Crap Draft

WEEK FIVE: Writing Due/ Workshop

WEEK SIX: CELEBRATE!!! Workshop/Second Draft Guidance

Teacher/Coach: Jelisa Jay Robinson

​Jelisa Jay Robinson is Negra-Americana (Black American) storyteller, playwright and educator. Her play The Stories of Us, that tackles Black and Brown relations, Afrolatinidad and Afro-diaspora in Texas, was one of three plays chosen for the Austin Latino New Play Festival in 2015. It received a critically-acclaimed full production by Teatro Vivo in 2016, a excerpt reading at the Now Africa Festival in New York (2016), a excerpt performance at the Black and Brown Theatre Inaugural Showcase in Detroit (2016) and a developmental residency in Chicago with the theatre Vision Latino (2017).

Other full-length plays include: Fae and Paciencia (commissioned by Echame Un Ojo Latinx Arts festival in Austin, TX in 2016, reading at The Rec Room in Houston, Texas in 2017) and Delivery (Scriptworks Reading in 2017, Reading at the Mexican American Cultural Center in 2017).

Short works include Fight Til the Death (14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival), Freedom (Austin One Minute Play Festival) and Dreamer's Cry (Austin One Minute Play Festival), Mi, Myself and Ay, Papi , The Third Wheel, Pop-Buelo (Fornes Playwriting Workshop Presentation 2016) and Ice Cold Milk and an Oreo Cookie (UT Lab Theatre 2010).

Jelisa was one of 14 playwrights nationwide chosen to participate in the inaugural Fornes Playwriting Workshop taught by Playwright Migdalia Cruz. She was also one of five playwrights nationally selected as a finalist for the inaugural Seattle Public Theatre Emerald New Play Prize.

She has been an arts educator since 2015, working with students to find their best selves. She is the founder of #Teatrolatinegro, a blog dedicated to Black, Brown and Afrolatin@ theatre. She has hosted workshops, shared her experiences with diaspora and love for writing through workshops at Texas State University, University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley and other spaces in the Texas area. She is a proud member of Scriptworks, the Dramatists Guild and the Black Theatre Network.

Any questions: jelisathewriter@gmail.com.

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