Julie Brister, teacher of the Writing Pad class It’s All About You: A One-Person Show Workshop, has created a great writing prompt for you today! Julie is a successful writer/director/performer for stage, screen and TV and an experienced teacher. Spaces in Julie's classes are limited and filling up quick! Call 323-333-2954 to RSVP and save your spot today!
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Julie's Writing Prompt:
- It's All About You: A One-Person Show Workshop (4 Week Class) (4 Mon. p.m.'s starting March 14)
- It's All About You: A One-Person Show Workshop (1 Day Class) ( Mon, Feb. 21)
- Hanky Panky - Writing the Erotic (Thurs. Feb. 10)
- Writer's Room Work Out (Sat. Feb. 12)
- Writing Pad Movie Club - Anti-Valentines Day Class (Mon., Feb. 14)
- Stranger Than Fiction: Writing The Unbelievably True (Sat. Feb. 19)
- And You Thought Your Family Was F@&ked Up: Developing Compelling
- Characters From Real Life(ONLINE--Wk of Feb 21)
- Write the Road Less Traveled: Writing Pad Nature Walk (Sun. Feb. 20)
- WP Screenwriting Series: Hookups, Robbery, and Alien Invasions (Tues. p.m.'s)
- So You Want To Be A Writer (Wed. a.m., Wed. p.m., Sat. a.m.'s)
- Finishing School (Wed. a.m., Wed. p.m., Sat. a.m.'s)
- Acting Out: One Writer, One Act (Thurs. p.m.'s)
- Writing Pad Ojai Retreat (Mar. 25 - 27 at a gorgeous ecosanctuary with award-winning author Thaisa Frank, NPR's Alex Cohen, and Writing Pad's Marilyn Friedman)
An opinion is a great way to start a character monologue or a story. When a character strongly asserts his opinion in the opening line, the audience or reader gets to know him right away. Make a list of three things that you believe strongly. For example: I believe that people should always use their turn signals.
Now write the belief as though it’s something you do not believe in. For example: I don’t believe it’s necessary that people always use their turn signals, because. . . Use the second statement as the opening sentence to a character monologue or story. Tell us why the character believes what they believe. What else do they believe or not believe? Write for 10 minutes.
Comment on this blog! What is a strong opinion that your character holds? Post your 10 minute write in the comments, and you could win a free class!
About Julie Brister:
Julie Brister is a performer, director and a long time teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre both in NYC and LA. As an actor, she has appeared on Rules of Engagement, Children’s Hospital, The Tonight Show, Reno 911, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Little Britain USA, Spike TV, MTV, FUSE, and she can be seen regularly as Lauralee Hickock on the Onion News Network show In the Know with Clifford Banes. Julie enjoyed a long run of her solo-show, Fatparts, at UCB and performed it as part of SF Sketchfest 2010, one of the country’s top comedy festivals. She’s directed numerous solo-shows in both NYC and LA including Crush, Past Her Prime, and Collections. She has a BFA in Theatre from Southwestern University.