‘Actors on Writing’ program is July 6

The Thursday, July 6, Ridge Writers meeting will feature a panel of Master Mystery Productions actors, past and present, at 6:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church. The public is invited, and admission is free.

“Striving for emotional connection with readers is so important,” said Donna McCrohan Rosenthal of Ridge Writers.

“As a writer, you want your readers to care about what happens, to become invested in the story and characters. You want there to be intensity in the emotions without telling anyone what they are. Actors and directors are the same way. Oftentimes, with very little stage direction, they must pull out the emotion, tension, and tone of piece through nothing more than dialogue.”

Writers work the same way, she said. “They have to put on solo shows and be actor, director and producer all in one to have their characters and storylines resonate with readers. So thinking like an actor and director and how they create gestures, movements and vocal qualities from a script can help create the drama you need in a story.”

The panel includes favorites such as Monica Lorenz, Katie Cozine, Devanne Fredette and Calvin Johnson. The audience will ask them questions about how they build characters from the text and what writers can do to add intensity to their work. A demonstration of the concepts will accompany the discussion.

After the panel there will be a live preview of Master Mystery Productions’ latest show, “Ode to Agatha,” (see related story, Page 4).

Ridge Writers is the East Sierra Branch of the 108-year-old California Writers Club.

For more information, visit cwc-ridgewriters.com, facebook.com/RidgeWriters, and calwriters.org.

Story First Published: 2017-06-30