Play Writing - 7050
Description: This workshop will focus on helping participants to develop the dramatic idea by gaining a sense of how writing for live performance is different from other types of creative writing. Combining formal lecture, reading and analysis of example plays, in-class creative writing exercises, and workshopping of participants' writing, we'll explore dramatic situation, conflict, character, dialogue, and plot, and share strategies for creating written work that can function as the basis for a performance by actors. Particular focus will be given to shorter forms like the 10 Minute Play and the One Act, as these commonly feature in contests and festivals for student and emerging playwrights, and are often used by more experienced writers to develop material and explore ideas for longer plays.
Please note that an integral part of the course after the first session will be the reading and workshopping of participants' work, so you should be prepared to devote a few hours to writing during the weeks between our meetings. The class is geared toward beginning writers, and will be structured so that everyone who participates fully and completes all suggested writing exercises will finish with at least one completed 10 Minute Play.
Instructor: Cliff Cardinal. Note: The deadline to withdraw from this class is 5:00 pm on May 24th. A $ 15 withdrawal fee applies.