playwriting prompt

Weekend Writing Prompt - March

This month's writing prompt is loosely based on something I read about Erik Ehn's silent writing retreats.  I read an account that in the midst of silence, he gave one playwright a poem to memorize.  I think this exercise was meant to counter the struggle with silence.  

Block out some time -- maybe two or three hours.  Try to do it one sitting.  The goal should be to write a new 10-minute play.  But who knows--it could grow into something longer.  You need to focus for this, so try doing this without music, internet, social media, or any other sound or distraction, except the poem on which this exercise is based.  

Weekend Writing Prompt

This week's blog is a bit of a cheat, since I'm using a writing prompt written by Winter Miller (www.wintermiller.com) from the Playwrights' Center.  Check out their website for more cool things: pwcenter.org.  But I think my playwriting friends will appreciate this exercise because some of it was inspired by Erik Ehn, who is an amazing playwright and teacher!  

I haven't tried it yet, but I'm planning to this weekend.  I may actually skip to step #2 where Erik Ehn's listing exercises are used.  The lists generated grow into scenes in the subsequent steps.  

I would love to hear from anyone who gives this a try.  If you're too busy to dedicate 1-2 hours this weekend to this, just start with one step per day, or one step per week.  Just DO something.  Then, share your experience with me.