An intelligent and thoughtful writer providing a new definition for American theatre… Revelatory.
An amazingly powerful play targeting rather somber subject matter with humor and wit… Jennifer Lane deserves praise and notice [for] her writing.
Saucy and unapologetic… runs the gamut from the comedic to the truly macabre. Innovative [and] imaginative.
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JENNIFER LANE is a California-based playwright, novelist, and teaching artist originally from Troy, Michigan. Her work includes September & Her Sisters (developed at Scripps Ranch Theatre's Out On A Limb Festival); The Seer & The Witch (developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group, part of the nuVoices for a nuGeneration Festival, Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill Playwriting Conference, nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); and Harlowe (developed under the mentorship of Sarah Ruhl, winner of the Alec Baldwin Fellowship at Singers Forum, workshopped at the Gulfshore Playhouse and FAU’s TheatreLab, Finalist for the 2015 Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize). Jenny is a teaching artist with the Playwrights Project and UCSD. She is the Playwright in Residence at Scripps Ranch Theatre, and a founding member of their New Works Studio. Her dramatic writing is represented by Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists Agency.
MFA: Columbia University; BA: Sarah Lawrence College.
We have been storytellers since we first painted on cave walls: our minds are designed to organize things into narrative. And it is through story that we can come to understand ourselves, and the people around us. We are united by the commonality of our tales, and healed through the revelation of character experience. At least I think that's so.
Because writing alone in a room only gets you so far.
I have been a reader for professional theaters in New York and California, and I know what literary managers are looking for. When you send me your script, I will review your plot, characters, and conflict, as well as provide a thematic analysis so that I can help determine what is at the heart of your play. I can also help you figure out what theaters across the country might be a good fit for your play, and aid you in composing a letter of inquiry that will get it noticed. Please contact me for rates.
Proof Reading & Copy Editing
Sometimes, you just need another pair of eyes on your writing before you feel comfortable sending it off. I have several years of experience as a professional freelance writer and editor, with a keen eye for detail. I will red-line edit your draft, looking out for spelling and grammar errors, ensuring that your writing is polished and typo-free. Please contact me for rates.
A line edit is about word choice and paragraph flow as well as an examination of all elements of narrative in context. If you are looking for more of a content edit of your writing, then this is what you want. I specialize in Young Adult novels, Romance, and Erotica, but I also enjoy memoir, science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers. I would be happy to review anything from flash fiction up through a hundred thousand word epic. You may also elect to combine this with a proof read or copy edit. At this time, I am not taking on line edits for any nonfiction besides memoir. Please contact me for rates.
In-Person, Online, or Phone Consultations
You may elect to spend some time with me after I've read your work to go over my notes and ask me any questions you might have. You may also decide to have me read a short piece of writing in person, and I can give my notes directly to you then. Either way, the hour is yours, and I am happy to help you in any way that I can. My standard hourly rate is $55 per hour. Please e-mail me at email@example.com for more details.
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