Based on a True Story:
Writing from Actual Events,
On Stage and On Screen
This program is currently closed to online reservations.
To RSVP, please email Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] with your name, email address, and telephone number.
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The phrase “Based on a True Story” has an undeniable appeal to most audiences. How do we take the historical “facts” and create truthful “fictions”? How do we take the givens of a person’s life and create a character that has authenticity? In this seminar and workshop focused on creating characters out of real life and adapting them for television and the stage, writer/producer, Dawn Atkinson Prestwich and playwright Brighde Mullins will speak from their experiences of creating characters from real people—both historical figures and those whose lives went somewhat unnoticed but nevertheless have dramatic pull. Ms. Prestwich’s most recent television show is “Z” based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald (Amazon), and Ms. Mullins’ new play “This Partial Grace” is based on the life of American poet Phillis Wheatley.
This is a free program that will be held in the West Valley Regional Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.
Reservation and Wait-list Policy
LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.
Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained. If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time to the best of your ability so we can keep an accurate reservation count as well as accommodate other guests who wish to attend. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 50. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
Why is this seminar being held at the West Valley Regional Library?
LFLA is hosting writers’ seminars in branch libraries in East and West Valley regions to engage Members and library patrons living in this area.
Where should I park?
West Valley Regional Library has ample parking on-site.
What should I bring?
Please bring a pen and a notebook. Also, bring questions and be ready for an engaging discussion with Brighde, Dawn ,and fellow participants!