STACIE CHAIKEN and WHAT'S THE STORY? What's the Story is a Los Angeles-based workshop for writers and performers making powerful stuff, based on personal story. The workshop was founded by acclaimed writer-performer and educator Stacie Chaiken, formerly on the writing and performance faculty of the USC School of Theatre, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the field of Performance and Story.
Stacie has masters degrees in Theatre and in Creative Writing (poetry/non-fiction). She has created work for the page, the stage, and the screen, and welcomes writers at all levels of practice who are working in any genre.
HOW IT WORKS The core of What's the Story? is a group process designed to help you sort through the morass of information that is personal experience. You hear your work mirrored back to you through the lens of the empathy and curiosity of others. Then you can make some choices.
WHAT YOU'LL COME AWAY WITH If you come with a full manuscript, you'll come away with the beginning of a rewrite, and a workmanly way to move forward. If you have a chapter, a few pages, you'll build on that,figure out where you want to go. If you have the itch to write, even if you have no idea what you want to write, we'll get you writing.
At any level, you'll come away with material on which to build, and clear next steps. You'll also get to know a group oflocal writers, who share a methodology of response to one another'swork in a way that is designed to help you figure out what you want to say. And you'll have Stacie as a resource whenever you need her, via phone or Skype or Facetime or Zoom. And she'll be back in Bucks County every few months.
THE WEEKEND WORKSHOP The weekend writing intensive is an opportunity to explore your work in an intimate, focused environment, with a cohort committed to constructive and generous collaboration.
We meet for a light meal on Friday evening, and learn and practice the rhythm of response we'll use over the course of the next two days.
After a light breakfast, Saturday is a full day of reading, response, and writing, with plenty of breaks for a walk or a stretch, some yoga in the gym, or a sauna and a snack.When we break to write, you can stay in the conservatory (below) or claim your turf anywhere on the property.
Saturday evening, we'll make dinner together.
Sunday is more of the same, with the option of inviting a small group of friends and family to join us for a read and a nosh, mid-afternoon.
The fee for the weekend is $375, which includes really good food. If you're coming from out-of-town, we can help you find reasonable accommodations close by. Ask about childcare.
ONE MORE THING: OUR COMMITMENT TO CONFIDENTIALITY AND CREATING A SAFE PLACE When we start digging into memories — even ones that may not, on the surface, seem to carry a lot of heat or emotion — other stuff might come up.The workshop is designed to be a safe place where you are in charge of what and how much you bring forth or reveal to the group.
For the purpose of both safety and respect for one another’sintellectual property,all participants are asked to agree not to share anything we hear outside the workshop.