I have always been attracted to theatre and film's capacity for story telling. As a theatre designer, however, my role has been a supporting one, enhancing the dramatic narrative through visual nuances. At this point in my career, however, I wish to explore the creative process from the genesis of the narrative, as a playwright and a scriptwriter. My 2012-13 leave includes the creation of a script based on the newly translated letters (November 2012) of Dakota prisoners from the 1862 Dakota War. I have received initial support and encouragement to pursue this project from Dr. Clifford Canku, Professor of Dakota Language at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. Canku is a Dakota elder and was responsible for the translation of the letters. Due to the range and cinematic nature of the narratives surrounding the war, a critical component of this project is the experience to be gained through attending the Maine Media Workshop in Basic Story Structure and Screen Writing, February 2 -9, 2013. I feel this workshop offers me the opportunity to alter my career trajectory. It will be instrumental in developing my skills as a visual creative artist, storyteller and script writer, providing deeper insights for my teaching of Native American Performance and Indigenous Film, and broaden my understanding of the narrative as it relates to my production responsibilities as a theatre designer.