Storytelling Essay From Stage to Page
LA – West Feb 7, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14 (5 Thurs. Evenings)7:00pm - 10:00pm$425
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In this five-week Los Angeles storytelling essay class, master storyteller Matteson Perry will teach you the insider secrets on how to become a storytelling and essay writing pro. Not only has Matteson won the Moth GrandSLAM twice, but his storytelling skills also landed him his first book deal (a collection of essays/memoir) and essays in NY Times Modern Love, Playboy, and the Daily Beast. A master of both the written and spoken word, he’ll guide you through fun, improvised storytelling drills, teach you how to structure a compelling story, and explore ways of using storytelling to boost your writing career. Matteson will show you how to transform relationships gone bad, family feuds, adventures, and life’s minutia into 1 great story for the stage and 1 riveting essay for print that is the perfect mix of vulnerability and comedic vavoom.
You’ll learn how to pack all the verve of a story performed in front of a live audience into an essay suitable for print media. We’ll workshop one of your stories until it’s perfect for the stage and the page. Your goal will be to sell your essay within a couple of weeks after the class ends! After taking this class you’ll be well on your way to joining the ranks of the 15 students who won Moth StorySLAMS, 2 who won Moth GrandSLAMS, 126 Writing Pad Alums who have sold essays and articles with Writing Pad’s help, 4 students in the NY Times Well and 3 in the NY Times Modern Love columns after taking our journalism classes. 4 people made $5k on one story!
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Two Time Moth GrandSLAM winner, Moth Host
Matteson Perry is a performer, two-time winner of the Moth GrandSlam storytelling championship and a host of the Moth StorySlam in Los Angeles, and a screenwriter. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Modern Love, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and College Humor. Matteson’s memoir, “Available: A Memoir of Heartbreak, Hookups, Love and Brunch,” based on his storytelling essays and his Modern Love piece was published by Scribner in May 2016 and has been picked by ABC News and People a best new book of 2016. His work has been featured on NPR and several podcasts, including Unfictional, Risk!, and Storyworthy. He has sold two scripts “Guidance”, about a high school counselor who starts lying to help a wayward teen, will star Seann William Scott and “Cops and Robots” to BCDF Pictures in New York.