Still Crazy After All These Years short-play contest

In case you don’t have enough writing on your plate, Stray Kats Theatre Company in Newtown is now accepting submissions for the 3rd Annual Still Crazy After All These Years festival of one-act plays celebrating the lives of today’s senior citizens: active, engaged and healthier than ever before. We are seeking uplifting plays for a demographic that is all too often depicted as dying, doddering or demented. Depressing! None of that! They should be previously unproduced works or, at least, works that have not been produced in the region. Don’t worry about the suggested donation of $3 to the theatre company. It is not mandatory and will have no impact on the judging.

For more information, visit our website:

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Character is King

Hey, Everyone,

I wish to thank everyone who attended my presentation/discussion on character. The enthusiasm and interest from students, alumni, and mentors was overwhelming. Several people suggested I post the key points presented and discussed, so here they are. Character is King

Please let me know if you have any comments or questions about this…or anything else dealing with writing.

Brian Thiem


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Crafting Pitches Workshop

Hi, Everyone,

For those of you attending my Crafting Pitches workshop later today, here is a link to the workshop outline:
This document includes links to sample pitches and other resources.
I look forward to seeing everyone today
All the best
Erik Ofgang
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Reading for Stephanie Wytovich’s Seminar

Hi, all

Stephanie just passed along the attached short reading. If you have time to read it before workshop, great. If not, she’ll give you time in class to read it. Hardcopies will be available at the seminar.




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Today – Elizabeth Cohen’s Workshop

Hi, all,

Elizabeth Cohen’s workshop “Where We Find Our Poetry” will be held in Westside Classroom #241.



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Fall 2018 Semester – Important Dates

Greetings, Writers!

I hope your residency is off to a great start. Below are key dates for the fall semester. Please note that students must email me their final syllabi for approval (and cc their mentors) no later than August 20th.

Syllabi Due: 8/20

Classes Begin: 8/28

Enrichment Project Proposals – 9/15

Thesis Proposals – 9/15

Final Thesis Due – 12/7

Final Grades Due – 12/19

Please let me know if you have any questions.



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BBQ is On!

Howdy, Folks –

Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow to kick off the summer 2018 residency! The BBQ starts at 3:00 in the Westside Campus Alumni Pavilion. Hopefully, the thunderstorms will be gone by then.

See you soon!


Summer Residency 2018 Program 

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