The Story Workshop

with Academy Award winner James Lecesne

Ranked by the New York Times “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.”


3 DAYS  |  MARCH 3 – 5, 2017

Friday, March 3: 7-9pm
Saturday, March 4: 10am-5pm
Sunday, March 5: 10am-5pm


Are you ready to develop your next play, novel, solo show, TV pilot or children’s book? This three-day intensive workshop will give you the tools you need.
You will find a voice to speak your emotional, political and personal truth, and create a structure that will carry your story further into the world with power and clarity.


The work we do over the course of one evening and two days is primarily about how to structure your story. We will review the basic elements of story, and then discuss how they apply to yours.

As you present to the group, we will puzzle out the underlying conflict, illuminate the characters, uncover your deeply held beliefs and create a vivid map of your story.

By the end of the three days, you will be familiar with the landscape of your story and have a clear idea of where to dig for treasure, as well as a tangible plan to continue working.

Register now. Class size limited.





James Lecesne has been telling stories for over 25 years. His most recent play, THE MOTHER OF INVENTION opens at The Abingdon Theater in February. Other credits include, THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY (Outer Critic Circle Award), WORD OF MOUTH (Drama Desk, Outer Critic Circle) and ONE MAN BAND. James wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, which inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention helpline for LGBT & questioning youth.

As a writer, James adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City as a mini-series for Showtime (Emmy nom) and wrote one of the final episodes of the TV series Will & Grace. He created THE ROAD HOME: STORIES OF THE CHILDREN OF WAR, a play based on interviews with survivors of wars in Tibet, Bosnia and Cambodia, and presented at the International Peace Conference at The Hague. James has taught at The NYU School of Continuing Education, The New School, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and The New York Film Academy.

His young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, was published by Harper Collins and was awarded The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. His novella Trevor was published by Seven Stores Press in 2012 and with Sarah Moon he coedited THE LETTER Q: Queer Writer’s Letters to Their Younger Selves.