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Playwriting Workshop

ENGL 114.401
instructor(s):
R 1:30-4:30

This course is designed as a hands-on workshop in the art and craft of dramatic writing. It involves the study of existing plays (including the author's own TINY ISLAND, which will be in its premiere production locally); the systematic exploration of such elements as storymaking, plot, structure, theme, character, dialogue, setting, etc.; and most importantly, the development of students' own plays through a series of written assignments and in-class exercises. Above all, this course is an inquiry; it challenges student playwrights to test their assumptions about theatre and pay rigorous attention to their own experiences as audience members. In this way, students gradually acquire a set of skills and working principles, rather than adopt a prescribed "formula" for dramatic writing. Since a great deal of this work takes place in class -- through lectures, discussions, spontaneous writing exercises, and the reading of student work -- weekly attendance and active participation is crucial.