In Your Own Words

A workshop with playwright Morna Young 

Part of TalkFest in the Borders.

Does writing in your native language make your work more authentic? What are the challenges of bringing stories to the stage which are rooted in very particular worlds, or told in languages that many audiences are unfamiliar with? 

In this practical playwriting workshop, Morna Young (Lost at Sea - Eden Court, Netting - A Play, A Pie and A Pint) will share her experiences of capturing real voices on the page. Using individual exercises and group activities, Morna will provide advice on bringing life to your dialogue and narrative voice, as well as exploring her process of working with verbatim texts.

This session is suitable for emerging writers from beginner level and beyond, whether you write in prose, poetry or for the stage. 16+.

Please bring one page of something you have written featuring dialogue. It could be from a stage play or dialogue in a novel or short story.  

Morna Young is a playwright, theatre-maker, actress and musician from Moray.  Morna's journalistic background has given her a keen interest in research-based work with a creative outcome. She enjoys working with verbatim text and exploring the boundaries between fact and fiction. She primarily writes in her native dialect, Doric.

Morna was the 2017 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow on the theme of 'The Folk, Language and Landscape of the Northeast'.

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Start Date: Saturday, 27 January, 2018

End Date: Saturday, 27 January, 2018

Time: 11:00 - 13:00

Address: Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP

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