ENGL 214
Writing for Stage and Screen Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed ENGL 214 / THEA 214

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This studio/workshop course is designed for students interested in a semester-long immersion in the practice of dramatic writing for theater, film, television and audio. Students should expect to write most days. Our focus will be on the fundamentals of story, and the cultivation of each writer’s individual voice. In addition to reading existing dramatic texts of various genres and forms, and completing weekly prompts and exercises exploring character, dialogue, structure, theme, conflict and world building, students will work toward a longer final project. Students will present their own work regularly, and respond to each other’s work. The course will culminate in a staged reading of excerpts for the campus community.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 14
Class#: 3808
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: A daily journal; weekly writing exercises; peer responses; a ten-minute piece; a final 20-30 minute piece; attendance and class participation
Prerequisites: Students are asked to submit a brief statement describing their interest and any past experience (if applicable) in writing for the stage and/or screen
Enrollment Preferences: Theatre and English majors; Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 214 Division I THEA 214 Division I
Attributes: FMST Related Courses

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