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CW 133 - Introduction to the Craft of Dramatic Writing

Fall 2017
Description 

This course in creative writing focuses on the fundamentals of reading and writing dramatic scripts. Students learn dramatic writing as an art and as a set of skills. They learn the elements involved in the creation of scripts by analyzing published scripts, as well as by drafting their own scripts and critiquing their peers' work. Particular emphasis is given to the work of generating and revising drafts, in addition to the critique and appreciation of works written for the stage, and to a lesser degree, for the screen. This introduction to craft is applicable to stage scripts as well as screenplays.

Available in 
Fall and Spring
Prerequisites 
Fulfillment of both halves (Parts A and B) of the Reading and Composition Requirement or consent of the instructor
Units and Format 
3 units – Three hours of lecture/discussion per week
Grading Option 
Letter grade or P/NP

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Class Number: 21809
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 3:30pm - 5:00pm @ 187 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: None
Instructor: John Levine
Section Description:

This course is an introduction to the craft of dramatic writing through the study of works by professional playwrights and through composition and revision of your own playscripts. You will come to understand dramatic writing as an art and as a set of skills; you will receive an introduction to some of the elements involved in the creation of written scripts. Particular emphasis will be given to the work of generating and revising writing, in addition to the critique and appreciation of works written for the stage and, to a lesser degree, for the screen.

Book List:

Naked Playwriting (Downs & Russin), The Poetics (Aristotle), This Is Our Youth (Lonergan), The Flick (Baker), Disgraced (Akhtar)