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Find the distinctive voices of your characters and then allow them the freedom to lead you through your story.

- Walter Dallenbach

SwirlStaff: Click on the workshop leaders' photos to see more about each one.

Favorite Books:

Carson McCullers, Harper Lee, Jorge Luis Borges, Douglas Adams, Donald Margulies, Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller.

Writing tip I live by:

“Writing begets writing.” Don’t wait for inspiration. The act of writing opens the channel for more writing to come through.

Dale Griffiths Stamos

About Me

As a playwright, my plays have been produced and published in the United States and abroad. My full-length play One White Crow had a six-week run at Edgemar Center for the Arts in 2013. An evening of my one acts about love, Love Struck, opened in 2012 at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and starred three-time Emmy winner, Barbara Bain. This was a follow-up to my 2011 evening of one-acts about family, Thicker Than Water, which played at the Promenade Playhouse and also starred the iconic Ms. Bain. My full-length drama, Dialectics of the Heart, was produced at Edgemar Center for the Arts in 2006 and starred three time Emmy-nominated actress Sharon Lawrence. My play with music (I co-wrote music & lyrics for the original songs), Blue Jay Singing in the Dead of Night, received a workshop production at Pacific Resident Theatre in August of 2011. I have received a number of playwriting recognitions, including: The Heideman Award, Top Ten Winner of the Writers Digest Stage Play Competition (twice), and the Jewel Box Theatre First Prize.

As a screenwriter, I have adapted two of my one-acts into short films. The first, Match Made, was featured at four film festivals in 2013-2014, winning Audience Award twice. The second, Lost Music, was also been featured at four film festivals in 2014-2015, winning a Jury Award at one. My feature length screenplay adaptation of my play, One White Crow was chosen as an official selection in the screenplay category of the Beverly Hills Film Festival and the New Hope Film Festival, in 2014. It was also a finalist in the Write Room Screenplay Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Creative World Awards Screenplay Competition in 2015.

In other work: I have written a nonfiction book in collaboration with my twin brother, W. Scott Griffiths, entitled RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Fulfilling Lives - released in early spring 2016.

As a poet I have been published in numerous poetry journals including: bosque: the magazine, Calyx, The Lucid Stone, rivertalk, Into the Teeth of the Wind, ONTHEBUS, and Rattle.

Photo Credit: Rachel Sarah Thurston

What I require of my students

I like my students to bring in no more than five pages from any genre: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, play, screenplay. I prefer that the student draw those pages from a key dramatic scene in the work, preferably not from the beginning. Students can also bring in ideas for new work and I will help answer questions regarding potential structure. When bringing in pages, where possible, bring copies for me.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Find the workshops that resonate for you —that inspire you and make you want to write more, and better.