Performance essays are all the rage. In this five-week Los Angeles storytelling class, two time Moth GrandSLAM winner, Moth Host and master storyteller Matteson Perry will teach you how to be a storytelling pro. You’ll do fun, improvised storytelling drills, learn about the structure of performance essays, and explore ways to use your stories to boost your writing career. Matteson will show you how to transform relationships gone bad, family feuds, adventures, and life’s minutia into two riveting five-minute pieces that are the perfect mix of vulnerability and comedic vavoom. He’ll even teach you how to expose your narrator’s flaws while also persuading the audience to root for you. By the end of the class, you’ll have crafted two polished stories based on upcoming Moth themes and be ready to blow the competition away at the Moth. You’ll get targeted feedback on your tales to help you polish up your diddies and you’ll perform one of them at a show at a professional theater! Before you know it, you’ll join the ranks of the 7 students who won StorySLAMs and 2 who won GrandSLAMs from taking this class. Instructor: Matteson Perry Matteson Perry is a performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and a host of the Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles, and a screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. Matteson’s memoir, “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch,” based on his storytelling essays and his Modern Love piece was published by Scribner in May 2016 and has been picked by ABC News and People a best new book of 2016. His work has been featured on NPR and several podcasts, including Unfictional, Risk!, and Storyworthy. He has sold two scripts “Guidance”, about a high school counselor who starts lying to help a wayward teen, will star Seann William Scott and “Cops and Robots” to BCDF Pictures in New York. Dates: Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 19, 26 (5 Wed. nights) 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Class Show TBD
When Marilyn Friedman first arrived in LA in 2004, she tried in vain to find a great writing class. She searched high and low, from Silverlake to Simi Valley. She braved cramped surroundings, stinky salads, lackluster writing prompts, and heavily medicated instructors. However, she realized that instead of looking for local writing classes, why not create her own for people to join her in. That's when she found her passion for teaching and writing. Almost ten years, hundreds of classes and three locations later she has built a community of amazing, supportive, and talented writers.
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