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Advanced Creative Writing - Script Writing

Course Number: WR 247
Transcript Title: Adv Creative Scriptwriting
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: December 1, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Prerequisites

WR 243 or instructor permission

Course Description

Focuses on writing and submitting both drama and screen scripts for class discussion and analysis, as introduced in WR 243. Continues the study of established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Prerequisite: WR 243 or instructor permission. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Read and analyze established authors in order to become familiar with the elements of drama (eg. plot, character, diction, theme, and spectacle) as well as an understanding of how these elements combine to create a theatrical experience.
  2. Write one or more original scripts totaling at least 6,000 words that effectively use the elements of the craft, demonstrating an understanding of the unification of form, content, and structure.
  3. Effectively edit own original script based on knowledge gained from close and analytical reading of peer scripts.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of proper formatting and the ability to prepare a script for production.
  5. Research and submit scripts for consideration for production.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include informal responses to reading and study questions; quizzes; evaluation of small and full-group discussion, in-class and out-of-class writing; writing scripts; revising scripts; participation in reading of scripts.

Because of the participatory nature of the workshop atmosphere of the course, consistent attendance is essential. The course grade is determined by appraisal of the students' writing, regularity of attendance in class and individual conferences, and active participation in class activities. 

Course Activities and Design

This course can include lecture, but will likely consist mostly of round-table workshops in which student work will be evaluated by the entire class. Students will come prepared to critique the work by responding to it either in discussion or in writing. Students may also read a variety of published scripts and view live or recorded performances for analysis. The instructor should spend approximately an hour of conference with each student outside of class.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Plot
  • Character
  • Scene
  • Voice
  • Diction
  • Theme
  • Sound/Music
  • Spectacle
  • Point of view
  • Dialogue
  • Conflict
  • Objectives
  • Obstacles
  • Stakes
  • Setting
  • Context
  • Tone/Language
  • Text
  • Subtext
  • Visual metaphors/Imagery
  • Pacing
  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • Theatrical convention
  • Audience
  • Dramatic irony
  • Dramatic economy
  • Mimesis