“What a helpful workshop! Neil and Peter offered tools and exercises that were fun and surprising and helped to break down barriers. The ultimate takeaway was that our characters (and stories) have the potential to surprise us. Very glad I was part of the workshop.”
“Improv Your Writing was a great experience, helping me to workshop my writing in a new way and find solutions for clichéd ideas or dialogue. And it was fun!
“Peter and Neil made sure everyone felt welcome and encouraged, and even though many of us were strangers we were playing together in no time.”
“I was curious to see what Improv Your Writing was all about, and I’m so happy I signed up for it.
“The workshop was a lot of fun. It was organized into a series of activities and let me tell you, Peter and Neil have some nifty tools to get us thinking on our feet. Imagining characters, weighing contrasting scenarios, out of box thinking…
“This is a great workshop to expand [and] exercise your creativity.”
"The Improv Your Writing workshop loosened up some of my perpetual habits when it comes to dialogue and pacing. And I thought I was just having fun!
“I can imagine so many applications, not just for writing, but also disarming all sorts of blocks.”
"I took a chance and stepped outside of my comfort zone. You know what? It's fun out here. Thank you, Peter and Neil, for fostering a welcoming atmosphere and for offering me an opportunity to expand my creative abilities. After only one session, I felt more confident in developing storyline. Here's to being brave—in writing and in life."
“The Improv Your Writing workshop was an empowering experience that forced me to get out of my comfort zone and get the creative juices flowing. It offered a range of tools that showed how to use specificity in writing, give characters depth, and use affirmative statements rather than questions.
“Shortly after the session, I found myself outlining a chapter. Instead of writing down a question about what my character should do next, which is usually followed by intense feelings of panic, many hours of research, and consulting others, I started with an affirmative statement. An idea followed instantaneously. I realized that it was the exercises we did during the Improv for writers workshop that trained my brain to think quickly, use humor, and come up with scenes that, in the words of [American sci-fi and epic fantasy author] Brandon Sanderson, carry the ‘awesomeness.’
“I would recommend the Improv Your Writing workshop to anyone who struggles with turning seedling of great stories into their full blossom.”
“A fun, well thought out, and thought-provoking environment. The instructors are knowledgeable, very helpful, and above all supportive.”
"It’s not often that a writer ‘gets out of his head’ to find new insights. This [course] is a real and effective aid in doing just that.
"I believe the exercises will help me develop my writing in ways I didn’t expect.”
A two-hour sample course designed for writers of all levels, whether you're a seasoned author or just starting your writing journey. No improv experience is required, only a vivid imagination and a willingness to engage with your creativity and fellow writers. We'll teach you how to: make improv a part of your process, challenge your Inner Critic, write authentic dialogue, and develop engaging characters with depth and quirks. With fun and interactive exercises, this workshop is an opportunity to meet like-minded writers in a fun and supportive environment.