Well, the Playwriting Class didn’t go ahead due to a severe lack of numbers. There was only one person in attendance: me! Strangely this hasn’t bothered me. I might still approach the Council of Adult Educataion and see if theyr’e interested, but we will see. There is a novel to finish (again, as they say in the classics, great novels aren’t written, they’re rewritten!) so that’s my focus right now.
At the same time as all this was happening, a fellow from a local theatre company sent me some of his writing to assess and I informed him of a rate that I had arrived at which I think is extremely generous. For $100.00 I agreed to read his first draft, assess his second draft, and help him get the piece up to performance level.
When I spoke to him on the phone I also encouraged/cajoled/persuaded/supported him to push himself in his writing and not to rest on his laurels. I think this helped. Goodness knows, when you write you need all the support you can get to see things through to the end, and know that you’re on the right track, which this fellow was.
So, that’s where things stand at the moment. I’m putting the word out there: if you want an experienced theatre writer (that’s me!) to conduct an ongoing assessment of your work, get in touch with me via email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or phone – 0418173029 – and for just $100.00** I’ll help you as much as I can to get your work up to performance level.
**(This opening offer is only good for the next 6 months. After that, I’ll have to check on the state of the economy – both domestic and national – and see if I’m selling myself short!)