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Into the compactor: A workshop with playwright Alana Valentine

How does a writer crush a huge amount of information and emotion and humour and surprise into a compact two-hour nugget of entertainment? How do they choose what to put in and what to leave out? Drawing on the process of creating many of her produced works for the stage, including Letters to Lindy, Alana Valentine will lead a workshop in the discipline and logic of storytelling. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by choice and confused by a surfeit of material this workshop will explain ways of regaining clarity.

Alana Valentine has been a regular visitor to the Northern Territory since 2006 when she was invited as part of a Longlines Fellowship to visit Katherine Region of Writers group. She conducted workshops in radio writing for the KROW collective, returned in 2007 to record a radio feature Katherine Characters featuring short stories by Katherine writers, broadcast on ABC Radio National. Assisted by Toni Tapp Coutts research and support, she returned again to work with the community on the script of Watermark, a work commemorating the 1998 flood. In 2018 her play Letters to Lindy, based on letters sent by the public to Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton also toured to 21 venues Australia wide, most memorably to Darwin where it sold out two incredible nights at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, then went on to play in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Gove and Alice Springs.

Date: Monday, 3 June 2019

Time: 6pm-9pm

Venue: The Timor Room, Harbour View Plaza, 8 McMinn Street, Darwin

Price: $80/ $50 NTWC members

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