Playwright Novelist Screenwriter

Writing with Drama



By Katherine Koller

Presented by The Canadian Authors’ Association, Edmonton Branch, at Campus Saint-Jean, Room 3-04, Pavillion Lacerte, 8406 -91 St., Edmonton

March 26, 2010, 8 p.m. and March 27, 2010, 9:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

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For writers new to one or all of the dramatic media, the different ways of writing a dramatic scene will be explored for radio (dialogue, music, sound effects and silence); stage (action, dialogue, music, lights); and screen (visuals, action, dialogue, music).  For fiction, nonfiction and poetry writers, this is a chance to write almost exclusively in dialogue.

For the Saturday workshop, each participant should bring an idea for a scene with two main characters in conflict.   The scene will be written in the workshop three times to gain an understanding of the challenges, strengths, formats, possibilities and gifts of radio drama, stage plays and screenwriting.

Katherine will provide a scene from three different versions (radio, stage and screen) of her play, Cowboy Boots and a Corsage, to illustrate the differences and potential of each medium.

On Friday evening, she will discuss  the development of her play The Seed Savers.

Katherine Koller is an Edmonton playwright with awards for radio drama, stage scripts and screenplays. Her work has been produced by CBC radio, the Edmonton Fringe Festival, Jagged Edge Theatre, Walterdale Theatre, Alumnae Theatre (Toronto) and Winnipeg’s FemFest. Coal Valley:  the Making of a Miner was produced in Drumheller and published in The Alberta Advantage: an Anthology of Alberta Plays. Her latest film with Company of Women on the Screen, Getting Out, Staying Safe, won an AMPIA award. The Seed Savers and Lily of the Prairie were developed at Workshop West Theatre.  The Seed Savers premiered at Workshop West Theatre in 2009 and will be produced at Station Arts Centre in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, in the summer of 2010. Katherine is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and Alberta Playwrights Network and teaches in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.