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Newburgh Literary Festival: Workshops

October 31, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Newburgh Literary Festival
Writing Workshops, Sunday, October 31, 2021
Below is in the information on each workshop including day, date, time, workshop description and author bio. Each workshop costs $25 and there is a maximum of 12 seats in each workshop. All three workshops take place in the Lobby at the Ritz, located at 107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Day/Date/Time: Sunday, October 31, 2021 10AM to 12 noon
Author Name: Drew Morrison
Author Bio: Drew Morrison has been making drawings, illustrations and comics all his life. Since 2019 he has self-published the three issues of BROKENLAND, a silent comic book series. The complete graphic novel will be released in October 2021. Past clients include Buzzfeed, Esquire, Nike, Scholastic, ABKCO Records, DailyCandy, Gallery1988, Make Magazine, Neverstop and Skadden.

Workshop Description: BROKENLAND creator Drew Morrison will be discussing what it’s like to write, draw, color, produce, crowdfund and distribute a self-published comic book. Drew will have the students create a short comic strip to take with them. As he creates silent comics that don’t include dialogue, it will be their decision to add words if they wish.

Day/Date/Time: Sunday, October 31, 2021 1 – 3PM
Author Name: David Surface
Author Bio: Instructor David Surface is a professional author and writing instructor with over thirty years of experience leading writing programs for all ages. He is the author of Terrible Things, a collection of short stories published by Black Shuck Books, about which author Laura Mauro said, “Compassionate, astute, and beautifully crafted, these are horror stories with soul.” Learn more about David and his writing at http://www.davidsurface.net

Workshop Description: WRITING GHOST STORIES: a discussion and workshop
People have been telling ghost stories for thousands of years. What is it about ghost stories that appeals to our imagination and emotions? How can we create new ghost stories that don’t feel like copies of old ones, but feel new, creative, alive––and still scary? In this special two-hour workshop, we’ll look at the evolution of ghost stories and discuss what gives them their lasting power. We’ll also look at how our personal experiences can be crafted into ghostly writing, then try those techniques ourselves and share the results in a relaxed and supportive workshop setting.

Day/Date/Time: Sunday, October 31, 2021 3:30 – 5:30PM.
Author Name: Shane Bly Killoran
Author Bio: Shane Bly Killoran received her B.F.A in Acting from New York University with a heavy concentration in Women’s Studies. After acting for several years in New York and Los Angeles, she realized she enjoyed the rehearsal process far more than performing. This realization took her to the University of London where she pursued post-graduate work in theatre including her Doctoral
candidacy which focused primarily on devised performance. Upon her return from London, Shane produced television for several years. She has since left the world of TV production to focus full-time on writing and her theatrical projects.

Shane served as Co-Creator and Dramaturg for the Private Theatre’s site-specific production of Strindberg’s, Playing with Fire at, The Box in NYC. In 2013, she adapted and served as production Dramaturg for the Indian play, Sakaram Binder at MAD Playhouse Theater. In July of 2016, Nepenthe, a play centered around the brothel at Auschwitz, she conceived, co-created, dramaturged and produced, premiered at the Women and War Festival in London, United Kingdom. In 2018, Shane was an artist in residence at the Marble House Project with the Private Theatre for dramaturgy.

Nepenthe is a 2021 grant recipient from the Jewish Heritage Fund and will be premiering in New York in 2022. She is also in development for a theatrical piece (title TBD) being devised to accompany a photography exhibit throughout its 2-year European museum tour in 2022.

Workshop Description:
Through a dramaturgical lens, utilizing classical and modern play passages, the workshop will explore how dramaturgy can be used to breakdown and inform the narrative. This specific kind of analysis specifically demonstrates how the mechanisms of story operate for both play and prose writing. From there participants will then craft a piece of text, applying the discovered tools to their own work.


October 31, 2021
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Lobby at the Ritz Theater and the historic Green Room in Newburgh
107 Broadway
Newburgh , NY 12550 United States
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