Upcoming Drama, Storytelling, and Writing Classes in 2019

I. Drama

1. “Fun with Monologues”

Ages 50+

5 Mondays from 2:00 PM -4:00 PM, from Feb. 25 – March 25. Avenidas, 4000 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto. Bldg. i-2. $100/$125. Call Avenidas at (650) 289-5400 to register or register online at

Learn to create a character for a play or a storytelling event through the use of monologues, a back-story, your imagination, research, knowing yourself, and working with the teacher. Gain confidence in communication skills and enhance your appreciation of theatrical skills.

2. “How to Read Like an Actor”

Children in grades 3-6

Wednesday, March 20, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Menlo Park Library, Downstairs Program Room, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park. Register in advance; call John Weaver at (650) 320-2501. Or register online at the library website. Free.

In this fun class, I lead students through exercises in reading aloud in a dramatic, effective voice, skills useful in any presentation—be it literary or nonfiction. 

3. “Wise Owl Players Drama Class: Boot Camp 2019”

Ages 50+

Tuesdays (4) from April 16 through May 7 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tuition: $80/$90 – Call Avenidas to register at (650) 289-5400 or register online at Classes held at 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

In preparation for our 2019 production of Deleted. by Enid Davis, to be performed in September at the MVCPA, we invite you to try your hand at dramatic reading. Read from a variety of monologues and scenes, poetry and prose. Bring the words of great writers to life. No previous acting experience necessary. Take a peek into the uplifting Wise Owl Players program by attending this fun-filled 4-week course

II. Writing

1. “Creative Writing”

Ages 50+

8 Wednesdays, 10: AM-Noon, March 27-May 22.. Call Avenidas to register. 650 289-5400. Tuition: $150.Avenidas, 450 Bryant Ave., Palo Alto. (We are back in our newly remodeled building.)

Registration starts 3/4/19

Learn the tools known to experienced authors to create your own poems, stories, memoirs, and essays. We discuss dialogue, scenes, sentence structure, imagery, characterization, story arcs and more. I will make a podcast of your favorite class piece and put it on my website. (And on Avenidas’s website – someday soon.)

The building George Orwell once worked in and used for his model in 1984.