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PAST 310 Playwriting II for Writing for Theater and Media

Having developed a strong understanding of Aristotelian narrative and the short play form from Playwriting I, the student will now tackle the full-length play and explore alternative structures. Along with shorter, experimental pieces written in response to unconventional texts, the student's work will culminate in the first draft of a full-length play (60-100 pages). Students will continue to develop dramaturgy skills in this workshop-based course by helping each other mold and shape these brand-new, original full-length works. Works from this course, Screenwriting II, or Writing the TV Drama may be submitted to the BA directors for possible selection as a Senior Directing Showcase project.

2 credits

PAST 330 Screenwriting II for Writing for Theater and Media

Having mastered the basics of plot structure, dialogue, character, research and outlining in Screenwriting I, the student will write a first draft of a full-length screenplay----an adaptation of a short story, novel, myth, or traditional tale (source material must be approved by the instructor). Along the way, students will adhere to strict writing deadlines in addition to the firm structural imperatives that screenwriting demands, and engage in productive critique of each other's work. Works from this course, Playwriting II or Writing the TV Drama may be submitted to the BA directors for possible selection as a Senior Directing Showcase project.

2 credits

PAST 340 Writing the TV Drama

In this course, students will view and read examples of some of the best written recent hour-long dramas. The student will analyze structure of episodes and scenes, how characterization is layered, how dialogue becomes effective, and the way TV series convey meaning, and then apply that knowledge to the creation of a one-hour TV drama script. Students will write a "spec script," outline and write an original show, completing the semester with a pilot for an hour-long TV drama. During the course specific conventions of show subgenres are explored-medical dramas, police procedurals, event dramas, etc., and how to approach these highly structured forms with freshness and creativity.

2 credits