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PAST 410 Senior Writer's Workshop for Theater and Media

Senior Writer's Workshop I is the first half of a year-long workshop for advanced writers. Over the course of these two semesters, senior writers will choose a genre (playwriting, screenwriting, TV comedy or drama writing, webisode writing, video game writing, other writing for media) and create a full­ length, original work (or series of works, in the case of some media) totaling 90-120 pages, that is polished, rewritten, and ready to pitch or send out by the end of the year. Students will use the shared, cross-genre vocabulary and experience they have developed together to rigorously workshop each other's work, actively participating in each piece's growth through critique, research recommendations, co-editing, in-class performance of the work, etc. The instructor may also arrange periodic visits from professionals writing in the genres chosen by the seniors.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAST 310 Minimum Grade of C and PAST 330 Minimum Grade of C

PAST 420 Business of TV, Film and Theater and Media Writing

This course is designed to prepare students for the business side of writing for the theater, film, TV, and video game industries. Led by a faculty member, it will also include visits from leading industry professionals like literary agents, experienced TV- and screenwriters, TV and film producers, self-producing playwrights, leading theater artistic directors and literary managers, video game writers, etc. Guests will be chosen according to the class' specific interests and needs. Students submit at least one piece of writing to a development opportunity, festival, theater, or production company, and will emerge from the course with a portfolio of documents necessary for future applications and submissions.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PAST 310 Minimum Grade of C and PAST 330 Minimum Grade of C

PAST 430 Senior Writer's Workshop II

Senior Writer's Workshop II is the last half of a year-long workshop for advanced writers. In Senior Writer's Workshop I the student will have chosen a genre and created the first half of an original work (or series of works, in the case of some media). In this course, that work will be finished, rewritten, polished, and readied to pitch or send out by the end of the year. Students will use the shared, cross­ genre vocabulary and experience they have developed together to rigorously workshop each other's work, actively participating in each piece's growth through critique, research recommendations, co-editing, in-class performance of the work, etc. The course may also include periodic visits from professionals writing in the genres chosen by the seniors.

2 credits