Writers learn to hone their skills

Writers wanting to hone their skills and have an opportunity to have their script turned into a stage performance are encouraged to enroll in “Introduction to Playwriting,” Theatre Arts 225, being offered at Antelope Valley College starting Aug. 21.

The course will help writers to make characters’ dialogue sound real, move the story forward and create a lasting image, according to playwriting instructor Eugenie Trow.

Plays selected for the Theatre Arts Department’s annual Original One Act Play Festival, slated for March 2014, are written in the class. Playwrights selected for the festival will have the opportunity to work with directors, designers and actors in getting their play staged.

Trow, fresh from an educational trip to Norway, plans to use the creative relationship between two Norwegians to explore artistic inspiration with her students.

Nineteenth century playwright Henrik Ibsen is known as the father of modern realism in the theater world. His work helped inspire painter Edvard Munch.

When Ibsen’s play “Ghosts” about the legacy of syphilis on a man’s son was published, Munch designed sets and costumes for a production of the play and he went to a clinic to paint a woman holding in her lap an infant suffering from syphilis.

The class will be offered 7 p.m. Wednesdays during the fall semester. For more information, please contact Trow at etrow@avc.edu or (661) 722-6425.