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THE214 - Writing for Stage and Screen

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces basic techniques of writing for the stage and screen, with emphasis on structure/development, storytelling through dialogue, dramatic action, characterization, and continuous revision through workshop process. Prerequisite: Completion of ESL/ENG 100 or by placement.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with examples of outstanding classic and contemporary one-act plays and feature-length screenplays.
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. Complete 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 or the first act of a feature-length screenplay.
8. Present the one-act script 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:
1. Introduction to One-Act Plays and Screenplays
2. Script-writing Conventions and Formats
3. Finding Material
4. Creating Viable Characters
5. Experiencing and Critiquing Work-in-Progress
6. Composing a One-Act script
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 2013