This is a Remote Session Replacing Writing Suspense
Wouldn't it be wonderful to always be able to sit down at the computer and dive right into an idea without having to think about what it is you want to write about? Many years of putting on shows that are ephemeral in their topicality have forced improvisation-based theater to come up with ways to generate new material for their written shows. Together we will go through simple exercises that are time-tested ways of generating subject matter. While these methods are born from creating short form scenes, they are a viable means of getting started on short stories, novels, memoirs, plays, screenplays, and even sitcoms.
Mark Belden has been a faculty member of the Training Center at Chicago's The Second City, teaching writing and improvisation for the past seven years. Prior to that, Mark served as a cast member, director, and then a creative director for Second City's business division, Second City Works. Mark has written hundreds of memorable and funny scenes for the stage--okay, maybe tens of funny scenes. All right, funny is subjective, but at least mildly amusing scenes. But the point is, they got done. They exist, whether anyone appreciates them or not.
Mark has also been a bartender, a bouncer, a salesman, and a radio producer. He still believes he could have been a professional athlete if he had been born bigger, stronger, faster, and more coordinated. In his free time, Mark likes to sing jazz standards, which is like Kryptonite to his wife.