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THE164 - Playwriting

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces basic techniques of dialogue and structure in playwriting skills, with emphasis on short-form script development, storytelling through dialogue, dramatic action, characterization, and continuous revision through workshop process. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL/ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or the equivalent.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
At the completion of the course, based upon exams, quizzes, observation, exercises, journal entries, compositions, critiques, and presentations, the student will be able to:

1.Demonstrate familiarity with examples of outstanding classic and contemporary one-act plays.
2.Define and apply common (current) scriptwriting format and/or conventions.
3.Record observation exercises to develop story material.
4.Write journal entries exploring experiences of reading/scanning newspapers, magazines, blogs, traditional and web-based media for development of story ideas.
5.Engage in weekly writing exercises to develop skills in creating action, conflict, character, dialogue, metaphor, and structure.
6.Deliver informal oral and written assessments of colleagues scripts-in-progress within workshop structure, with focus on specific elements (e.g. action analysis, foundations of plot, structure, character, idea, tempo, rhythm, mood, and style).
7.*Compose a one-act play.
8.Present the one-act play in table-work (read-through) environment.
9.Critically assess, through class discussions and brief follow-up writing, the potential audience impact of classmates scripts.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Content Outline:
TITLE: Playwriting

1. Introduction to the One-Act Play
2. Script-writing Conventions and Formats
3. Finding Material
4. Creating Viable Characters
5. Experiencing and Critiquing Plays-in-Progress
6. Finishing the Composing of a One-Act
7. Presenting the One-Act in Read-Through/Workshop/Table-Work
8. Assess the Experience of Writing and Reading the One-Act

Effective Term: Fall 2008