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Registration for 2018 MPN Writer's Challege
9:30 AM
East Helena City Hall Meeting Room
March 18, 2018

2018 Montana Playwrights Network Writer’s Challenge
May 5, 2018: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
East Helena City Hall Meeting Room

The Montana Playwrights Network (MPN) announces the 2018 MPN Writer’s Challenge, that features a day of workshops exploring writing techniques and contemporary new play development processes on May 5. On this day, registered participants will also be introduced to parameters of the 2018 MPN Writer’s Challenge for beginning or experienced writers in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, storytelling, music and playwriting. The second part of the Challenge on September 15 will feature a public performance of selected works from submission entries.

The May 5th session features three inspirational and practical workshops* offered by regional professionals, Mindy Finden**, Leah Joki**, and Pamela Jamruszka Mencher** as well as a short session introducing the terms of the 2018 MPN Writer’s Challenge. This unique occasion will challenge participants to create original works in poetry, short stories, essays, non-fiction, memoirs, short plays, cowboy poetry, music and storytelling. All participating entries will be adjudicated by a panel of experts who will also choose a variety of these works to be presented in a public performance on September 15.***

This exclusive opportunity is open to everyone, and is free to current members of the Montana Playwrights Network. (MPN Members will need to pay a $10 refreshment fee for lunch, beverages and snacks for the May 5th event.) The registration fee for non-members is $45 for all events offered on May 5th and includes refreshments available throughout the day. To register, and for more information, go to MPN’s website at www.MontanaPlaywrights.org and click the button labeled 2018 Events on the home page and follow the link. Seating is limited, so register today!

*Workshop Descriptions

Take Your Writing to the Next Level (Mindy Finden): “There’s a whole market waiting to devour new books, movies, and plays. This workshop will help you develop your writing so that it gets noticed. Poets, playwrights, and novelists alike are sure to find something that will help their writing reach its full potential. Through the various exercises and discussions, you’ll be given plenty of tools and tips to take home.”
Your Life...Is Your Story! (Leah Joki): “Following the school of thought, “Write what you know!” actor, writer and director Leah Joki leads a workshop on how to build a play utilizing your most significant resource; your own life experiences.”
After You Write A Play… (Pamela Jamruszka Mencher): “Your script is done; what’s next? Find out what contemporary playwrights, actors, producers, designers and directors at all levels need to know about the steps between writing a script and final production. This workshop offers practical advice and methods of navigating the process of new play development.”

**Workshop Presenters’ Bios & Photos

Mindy Finden is a professional editor and senior technical writer. She has more than 20 years’ experience in writing and editing for companies across the United States. Mindy has a Master’s in Education with a passion for helping new authors get their start. She has been teaching the popular class, “So You Want to Write a Book” since the spring of 2016.

Leah Joki has extensively taught in prison and was profiled in The Los Angeles Times, American Theatre Magazine and The LA Weekly. Credits include writing and performing PRISON BOXING, nominated for best Solo Performance in Los Angeles; her memoir, Juilliard to Jail, is in development with Joe Manganiello’s company; and plays include The Year of Bald-win, Sheets, The Poppovichs, The Big Picture and Time Will Tell. Recently she devised and directed the play FATHERS AND SONS with inmates in a maximum-security prison.

Pamela Jamruszka Mencher is a producer, director, playwright and college professor. She now spends her time writing, painting, sewing and presenting workshops throughout Montana, and serving as President of the Montana Playwrights Network. Her plays have been produced throughout the United States, and she has recently published Acting Skills for Life and Work, a book for those interested in applying acting skills in everyday life.

***September 15 Public Performance
Selected works illustrating the ‘Montana Experience’ and submitted in the 2018 Writer’s Challenge will also be considered for MPN’s ongoing ‘Montana Monologues’ project.

The Montana Playwrights Network (MPN) is a 501 © (3) non-profit organization incorporated in Montana. MPN was formed to provide a forum focusing on story as expressed through a variety of formats, including but not limited to playwriting, storytelling, poetry, history, non-fiction, essays, memoirs and interpersonal communication. We’re looking to connect with writers, storytellers, teachers, theatre companies, libraries, book clubs, and businesses that are interested in story as integral to company cultures.

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Age Group: Adults
Venue: East Helena City Hall Meeting Room
Address: 306 E. Main Street East Helena, MT 59635
Phone: 406-235-0353

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