SJA Creative Writing Students Participate In Playwriting Workshop

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St. Johnsbury Academy Creative Writing I, II and III students work on the initial drafts of their plays during a day-long playwriting workshop.

Thirty-five St. Johnsbury Academy Creative Writing students participated in the first of two day-long workshops recently, facilitated by professional actor and playwright Ethan Bowen of the Flynn Center's Vermont Young Playwrights Project.

SJA's creative writing teacher, Jenny Mackenzie, explained the program, "Today we are generating plays. Next, we will run through the plays aloud and give criticism. Students will polish and submit their work. The best three plays, chosen by a committee, will be read and then ranked by the Young Playwrights Project staff. The top play will be performed by professional actors at the Flynn Space on Wednesday, May 13, during the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival."

"The runner up will receive a cold reading by professional actors. All 35 students, from Creative Writing I, Creative Writing II, and Creative Writing III, will attend the festival to watch plays written by students from around the state and to take part in workshops on playwriting and acting."

She continued, "Visiting playwrights comment year after year about the quality of the work our students produce. We're lucky to be part of a school that gives so much support to the development of this kind of creative work."

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