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HARROGATE, Tenn. — Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will welcome playwright Lisa Soland for a weeklong Playwright’s Jumpstart for ages 18 and up in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., June 8-12. The workshop is part of LMU’s summer-long Arts in the Gap (AITG) community arts programming.


The workshop will run Sunday through Thursday as Soland will explore several dramatic formats including the 10-minute play, the one-person autobiographical or biographical play, the one-act play and a full-length play. Structured to nurture emerging talent, the workshop offers classes in the mornings, writing time in the afternoons and sharing time in the evening.


Soland will also discuss the business of being a playwright. She will cover the topics of submission, production, self-production, social networking and building a career as a playwright. The program offers the opportunity to learn the craft of playwriting from an excellent practitioner, build a strong and supportive community of fellow playwrights and go home prepared to take up your craft in earnest.


Soland earned a BFA in acting from Florida State University and went on to train at Burt Reynold’s Jupiter Theatre. There she worked with playwright William Luce staring as Zelda Fitzgerald in his world premiere play Luce Women directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. Soland moved to Los Angeles where she had a successful acting career and began writing. Her plays have been published by Samuel French, Inc., and have won numerous awards. Recently, Soland returned to her alma mater, Florida State University, to head up the MFA Playwriting Program as a guest professor. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Maryville College. Soland is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, as well as SAG, AFTRA and AEA. Ms. Soland founded one of Los Angeles’ premiere playwright workshops – The All Original Playwright Workshop — where she continues to work as artistic director and teacher, helping to inspire countless original play readings and productions across the globe.


Attend the workshop only (includes lunch Monday-Thursday) for $400 or register for the complete package including housing and meals for $500. A discount is available for anyone also participating in LMU’s Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.


Space is limited and registration is encouraged. Contact AITG Project Manager Darnell Arnoult by email at darnell.arnoult@lmunet.edu or call 423-869-7074.


A full schedule including links to registration pages can be found at www.LMUnet.edu/artsinthegap .


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