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The Writer's Studio: Devising Social Gatherings using Hosting and Story Protocols with Kevin Dipirro

January 28, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, bldg. 250, room 201
Kevin DiPirro

All workshops are free, open to the entire Stanford community, and held from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Building 250, Room 201. Snacks are provided!

The Writer’s Studio is a free workshop series open to all students from all majors. Come study the art of writing in intensive, fun, hands-on workshops with dynamic faculty from the Creative Writing program, the Stanford Storytelling Project, and others. You’ll leave with an expanded understanding of what your writing can do.

Devising Social Gatherings

Much performance work these days uses immersive, participatory, food and story-based approaches for gathering people together. The idea is to not meet strictly as performer or observer, talking head 1 or talking head 2, or even giver or receiver, but rather as H2H (Human-to-Human.) In other words, not to meet from our necks up, but from our necks down. In this workshop we will each start with an important intention for creating a potential social gathering, consider hosting protocols from ancient to modern, and identify a particular central story to guide the work of the gathering. Working from a recent immersive production on campus, we will, as devised event-makers, consider the various modes of engagement that were used and why (music, movement, storytelling, food, set design, live action, playstations) and then each create a working template for a potential social gathering we would like to stage on campus that we are passionate about. Come with an event already in mind, an event you always dreamed about making happen, or a blank slate. By the end of the studio we should have a working script thoughtfully designed to gather people on important issues in fresh and whole ways that allow them to work together with beginner's minds towards creative expressions/solutions.

Kevin DiPirro is a writer and creator of the immersive performance work, who/where am I: the underworld. He is an advanced lecturer in PWR.

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Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Stanford Storytelling Project , Creative Writing Program
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