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Marcia Cebulska | Presenter

Marcia Cebulska has received the Dorothy Silver Award, the Jane Chambers International Award, Kansas Arts Commission Master Artist Fellowships, Indiana Master Artist Fellowships and other honors. Her plays have been chosen for development by the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sundance Playwrights Lab, the William Inge Theatre Festival and Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat and produced at The Georgia Repertory Theatre, HERE, the Phoenix Theatre, Frontera at Hyde Park, Fremont Centre Theatre, The Theatre Building, Fusion Theatre, Ad Astra and elsewhere. Now Let Me Fly, commissioned for the national celebration of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, has been performed internationally at thousands of venues. Through Martha’s Eyes (screenplay) aired nationally on PBS. Marcia has been writer-in-residence at The University of Georgia, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Marion College and The William Inge Center for the Arts. She is a Fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Her story “Horseradish” was the featured short story in The North American Review. She has read her fiction at conferences both national and international. Marcia's guided journal Skywriting was released in 2019. Her novel Watching Men Dance (Flint Hills Publishing) will be launched in the fall of 2020. 

Marcia will be teaching a session on the following topic: 

WHEN YOUR CHARACTER BERNIE IS BASED ON YOUR COUSIN ERNIE: The Perks and Perils of Writing What You KnowWhether writing for the page, stage or screen, writers face the dilemma of trying to write what they know without violating the very people they are modeling their characters on. The presenter herself has faced legal action for using a friend’s story in a play yet she continues to incorporate traits of friends and family in her work. Celebrated author Ben Lerner has gone so far as to name fictional characters after his own parents. Shouldn’t we be talking about this?

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