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SCR101- Screen/Playwriting I



In this combination workshop and seminar, we will explore the elements of story. You will write short plays and screenplays utilizing a variety of prompts and in-class exercises. You will give feedback on your classmates’ work and receive feedback on your own. We will also spend time reading and discussing the work of established writers, using their work to better understand concepts such as plot, character, theme, and structure.


It is my belief that you become a better writer by writing. I hope that this class will help you to develop a writing routine for yourself, and that you will leave with some producible works for the stage and screen.


Good writers are also good revisers. The revision muscle is one you should be working constantly, which is why so much of this class is focused on the giving and receiving of feedback. It can be scary sharing your work with others, but it can also be really fun. And we are all in this together!


“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” –Maya Angelou



  • You will read and analyze plays and screenplays for their structure and methods of storytelling.

  • You will develop skills in revision and the giving and receiving of peer feedback.

  • You will write and revise your own short works for the stage and screen.

  • You will collaborate with your peers on theater and film projects, in addition to pursuing independent narrative projects.

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