Writing for Puppetry
Learn a simple formula for writing new
pieces for puppetry.
Puppetry is an incredible vehicle for storytelling.
We get to invite our audience into an imaginary world where strange creatures exist and are completely believable. When there is no story it leaves an audience confused.
As puppeteers we tend to focus on the quality of our puppetry and not quite enough on the stories we are bringing to life.
Writing for Puppetry is an online workshop with video instruction, writing prompts and extra resources you can do at your own pace.
You learn a simple story formula to follow that will strengthen the storytelling in your puppetry - be it for the stage or screen, or just for you!
Here's what's inside the workshop, broken into 3 lessons:
a simple formula for taking your characters - and audience - on a journey
how to write characters that we fall in love with
three common writing mistakes to avoid
the types of puppetry that can get away with not telling a story
Plus a few bonuses:
a playlist of videos that demonstrate great storytelling and puppetry
recommended books on storytelling
frequently asked questions from live versions of this course
worksheets and writing exercises so you can get crackin'
You'll walk away with an outline for your piece and a solid plan that makes your story tick and characters pop.
Apply the workshop to a piece you're working on or start from scratch.
You will have the opportunity to workshop your piece for feedback in a LIVE zoom session on September 20, 2023 at 5pm PT. If you can't make it live, you'll receive the video.
All styles of puppetry and any skill level is welcome.
Get the FREE Writing for Puppetry Cheatsheet here.
Greg Zollars, OH
"Your workshop was terrific and I could instantly put the concepts to work - It could not have come at a better time - You broke through my writer's block and I have a small show in 10 days."
Oh hi! I'm Pam Severns.
I am a performer, puppeteer, maker-of-things, and that-lady-over-there-in-the-bushes.
I'm also a dog-mother to Miss Frankie Sinatra (she looks just like Toto) and eater of too many cookies.
I've been performing solo for a decade (!) and have a few things to say about the process. I've won awards, grants, and have traveled from sea to shining sea with my comedy and puppetry.
I trained in comedy directing at the Second City and I've taught workshops with Heather Henson's IBEX Puppetry and Celebration Barn. I've worked in many puppetry styles – shadow puppetry, marionettes, hand puppets, Muppet style, and more.
I would love to help you find your voice, your story, and the spark in your work.