Salon Madness

So tonight, in the writing salon that I teach, we were writing personal stories in a journalistic style. The outcome was hilarious. Here’s one of my twenty-minute writes. It’s unedited. Enjoy. A Million Dollar Smile One Woman’s Decision to Change her...

Point of Recognition

Teaching the Fun Institute’s drop-in improv class last Saturday, I found myself coaching improvisors to take their time during that very important part of the scene when a character first sees another character on stage. It generally happens shortly after she/he...

The Rush

Getting a novel published is an adrenalin rush, no doubt about it. The months leading up to the launch are filled with anticipation. Are people going to like it? Will I be praised? Discredited? Admired? Shamed? It’s very similar to the opening night of a show. There...

Mazel Tov!

I’m not Jewish, but I have lots of Jewish friends. Shoot, as a tween I went to almost as many Bar and Bat Mitzvahs as I did birthday parties. I love Judaism’s sense for rituals. One ritual I particularly like takes place during wedding ceremonies, that moment when the...

The Fantasy that Art is Enough

Let me start by saying that the act of creation, be it written, painted, danced, acted, sung, is enough. Study after study shows us this. Art heals. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about that naïve belief that the sheer wonderfulness of your...