Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel

Autobiographical Fiction

Dates: March 4 to 8, 2013
Time: 4PM to 7PM
Fee: $100 (Fee is not a barrier to anyone who might be interested/eligible)

Application guidelines: Please send us your bio and a short letter telling us how this exploration will benefit you as a professional playwright.
Send applications to: emma@playwrights.ca
Subject line: Exploring Practice with Jonathan Garfinkel
Application deadline: February 18, 2013

Everyone has a story to tell. What is that story? In this workshop we’ll be looking at how to draw on our lives for playwriting. Playwright

Jonathan Garfinkel will lead writers through various exercises and journeys into themselves. In doing so we will be exploring how to decide what is theatrically interesting or dramatic.

The question inevitably arises: how much do we disguise in our writing? How close to the “truth” must we be? Does it even matter? ‘Autobiographical fictions’ is an exploration into truth, fiction and ourselves – and the selves we’d wished we’d be.


Jonathan Garfinkel is the author of a book of poetry and several plays, including The Trials of John Demjanjuk: A Holocaust Cabaret, and House of Many Tongues, which was nominated for a 2011 Governor General’s Award. His plays have been produced throughout Canada and Europe. Currently he is living in Montreal and teaching at NTS in the playwriting program. His newest play, Dust, co-written with Christopher Morris, is based on their travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Petawawa military base. Dust will premiere this March at Alberta Theatre Projects

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