Workshops offered on skit-writing

Gloria Bond listens July 11 as Suzanne Robinson presents information about how to write a skit during the first of a series of workshops being held at the Waterville Library during July and August. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

To many of us the idea of writing a skit can sound a bit intimidating. It’s not something that most of us do very often.

According to Suzanne Robinson, who is teaching a series of skit-writing workshops at Waterville Library this summer, it is not all that difficult if you keep some basics in mind.

A skit is like any story and needs to have a beginning, middle and end. A skit needs to answer the questions “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” “why,” and “how.” Like other forms of writing, the crafting of skits benefits by starting with an idea, developing it by using a graphic organizer and then writing a rough draft before finalizing the work.

Robinson explained these points in the first of the workshops, which was held on July 11. The workshops are designed to help people who are interested in taking part in the Waterville Players skit-writing contest.

Contest participants can be of any age. Three winners will be chosen who will each have their skit performed for the theater group’s next production. Winning writers will also serve as the director of their own skit. Submissions are due by Sept. 3.

Gloria Bond attended the workshop on July 11. Bond enjoys writing and has written several pieces for her own enjoyment. She has never written a play or skit before, though.

Bond said that when she read about the contest and the workshops in the Empire Press, she decided she would give it a try. She was attracted by the idea that she could be her own director. That way she would be able to shape the way her skit is portrayed on the stage, if she is named one of the winners.

Bond also thought the contest was a good motivation for her to write.

The second workshop was held July 18 and another will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 at the library.

The group will also look at actual scripts to get more ideas for how to write skits, according to Robinson. Attendance at the workshops is not required for participation in the contest. Workshops are open to anyone, even those who are not interested in taking part in the contest.

For more information, contact Robinson at 881-0611, stop by the library for a flier, or see the Waterville Players Facebook page.