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Plotting: Soup to Nuts

Intermediate | This class will provide an overview of plotting, beginning with the basic “soup stock” of narrative, using index cards and outlines to work up a story. Then we will learn techniques for troubleshooting and plot-doctoring. Eventually the class will venture into more “nuts” ways of telling stories, with techniques departing wildly from those suggested by Aristotle in his long shadow-casting Poetics. We will attempt backward stories, plot palindromes, sonatas, fugues, engines, and clocks.

Instructor: Paul Mullin

Class Type: 6 Sessions

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Term: Fall 2019

Start Date: 09/23/2019

End Date: 10/28/2019

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Paul Mullin

Paul Mullin was recognized by Seattle’s The Stranger with a “Genius Award” for achievement in theatre. His plays have been staged across the United States as well as Canada. His Louis Slotin Sonata won the L. A. Drama Critics Award for Outstanding World Premiere, and was read by invitation before scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory prior to its Off-Broadway run. Most recently a French translation, La Sonate Louis Slotin was produced in Quebec. Mullin’s The Sequence premiered at The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena and The Ten Thousand Things at Washington Ensemble Theatre in Seattle. Both Louis Slotin Sonata and The Sequence, were commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, in collaboration with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mullin conceived, co-wrote and co-produced NewsWrights United’s series of Living Newspapers, It’s Not in The P-I: A Living Newspaper About a Dying Newspaper and The New New News which enjoyed tremendous audience and media acclaim.

In addition to work for the stage, Mullin has had several poems published, most recently with the King County Metro’s Poetry on Buses program. He has written several feature film scripts and television documentaries, including Hitting The Ground, an independent feature in which he also starred as an actor. He has also contributed regularly as a writer and actor to Sandbox Radio Live.

His memoir The Starting Gate was published in early 2016.

Born in Baltimore, Paul now makes his home in Seattle with his wife and two sons. He hosts a monthly literary series called Loud Mouth Lit.

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