I wasn’t sure what to expect from my Summer intensive subject – Writing For Performance. I don’t consider myself as someone who is interested in performing. I don’t court the public eye. So, I was interested in the construction side of the performance, the writing of the pieces but not the other half. Turns out, they go hand in hand. The first assignment was a set of three letters based upon different themes or premises. These I enjoyed writing and redrafting more than I had anticipated.
A chance to address someone who cut me out of her life was an opportunity too good to pass up. The letter to my mother’s diabetes was a chance to reflect upon a common condition that affects many in our modern society with nutritional over-abundance. My final letter was a self-indulgent fangurl fantasy to a foodie icon.
I don’t plan to take up lyric writing, screen writing or play writing anytime soon but I did enjoy learning more about these arts. My second assignment came about from time spent with my daughter in hospital. The challenge was to capture the unique voice of the main character without resorting to charicature. I became quite fond of Eddie.
A one-on-one intensive subject can a bit confronting but I also enjoy the ability to follow tangents easily. And gradually I am ticking off my degree one subject at a time.
Check out the blog posts below for the three letters and feel free to comment and let me know what your thoughts are.