Your OED Adventure
Updated: Dec 14, 2020
For the Atlantic Theatre Company, Alice Birch (screenplay: Lady Macbeth,
television: Normal People and Succession) candidly talks with playwright
Simon Stephens about her artistic practice and her way into adapting
someone else’s story for the stage and film.
“Playwrights and good friends Alice Birch and Simon Stephens interview each other, sharing stories about their individual processes, what it means to create while in isolation, and their hope for the future of our industry. “
-- Atlantic Theatre Company
(element one) WATCH: Simon Stephens & Alice Birch: Writers in Conversation (one hour)
(element two) RESEARCH:
Pull one of your favorite books off the shelf and copy, by hand, the first paragraph. What can you absorb about the writer’s style by doing this?
Next, pick one juicy word from the paragraph and search for it by typing into Google -- oed_______ (fill in the black with whatever word you’ve chosen).
For example, “oed love” The OED is very generous with their definitions and examples.
Note: the OED will only let you search one free word a day.
3. Read the entire entry and make notes of what words or ideas pop for you.
(element three) WRITE:
4. Write one page about the word, using the writer’s style whose book you’ve chosen and any words or ideas you wrote down from your OED adventure.
I hope you find Your OED Adventure a compelling At Home Art Date.
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