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Playwriting course begins Hallowe’en night

Hallowe'en is a time when kids and even adults dress up to play a part. 

And this Hallowe'en night, Oct. 31, marks the start of a six-week playwriting course at Nelson's Oxygen Art Centre, where students will develop their skills at creating character, dialogue and plot while crafting a half-hour play.

The course, taught by Cassie Beecham, runs Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. until Dec. 5. 

"We will also cover pitching your script to Fringe festivals across Canada," Beecham said. 

She studied writing at the University of Victoria and at the University of Guelph, where her instructors included Governor-General's Literary Award Winners for Drama Joan MacLeod and Judith Thompson.

Her work has been shown at UVic's FIND festival and Sunscreen Film Fest, and Toronto's Fresh Blood reading series.  As well, her play The Saddest Girl in the World was produced as part of Toronto's 2010 SummerWorks Theatre festival.

Cost is $200, and students can register through Selkirk Continuing Education at 250-352-2821 or at Nelson's Kootenay School of the Arts, 606 Victoria St.

Oxygen Art Centre is at 320 Vernon St. (alley entrance) in Nelson.