Use improv to conquer writer’s block
Three questions for Dan Gretch
Dan Gretch will teach “How to Conquer Writer’s Block: Attack the Blank Page Using Skills from the Stage” on Saturday, July 23. We asked him a few questions about the class, teaching, and aliens.
Q. What can students expect to get out of your class?
A. This course is designed for any aspiring writer who finds themselves panicking when staring at the blank page, or who is unsure of how to start their Great American Novel, or who finds herself writing and then rewriting the same few page of their book, or who feels like they're in a creative rut, or who has run out of ideas, or is blocked and frustrated and stuck. This class will give you concrete tools to get you unstuck.
Q. What is your favorite thing about teaching a Creative Writing Course with Miami Book Fair?
A. I find it inspirational to teach with the Miami Book Fair. The participants in the classes come from a range of backgrounds, interests and writing experience, but they have one thing in common: a burning desire to create. I love surrounding myself with fellow creators.
Q. Scene: you are walking down Collins when a spaceship materializes and beams three aliens into the middle of traffic. While panic breaks out among the cabbies, club promoters, bros, and beach bunnies, you turn to the nearest coconut cart and grab ____ [go!]
A. ... cover as a hail of bullets rains down onto the three poor aliens from the more than 400 police officers that are patrolling that stretch of Collins Avenue as part of the Memorial Day weekend lockdown. The aliens expire into a green goo, the video goes viral, and a raucous debate ensues about the racist overtones of the massive police presence on a weekend popular with green people. You walk home, sipping your filched coconut water out of a straw, and think to yourself, “Only in Miami.”
Want to learn how to conquer writer’s block using skills from the stage?
When: Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Downtown Miami
How: Registration is $60—reserve your spot here!