Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Riccio, Thomas
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6353 Section 001
F Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Plays

Description of Course:

This creative workshop course introduces students to essential elements of dramatic writing. In-class writing exercises and weekly assignments lead to the development of character monologues, scenes, and two original one-act plays. A variety of stylistic approaches and thematic concerns are identified through the reading and discussion of plays by contemporary playwrights. Students will explore their individual creative voice, learning how to translate their vision through character, image, and story for the stage.

Required Texts:

The Playwright's Guidebook, by Stuart Spencer

The Playswright's Handbook, by Claude Van Itallie

ADDITIONAL Plays via eLearning

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

JOURNAL - A repository for notes, ideas, and forced writing. In addition to your daily entries, the journal is a home for newspaper clippings, overheard dialogue, found language, etc. To be submitted for grading at the end of the semester.

EXERCISES - The bulk of the coursework will be in this area. Writing exercises will be assigned each week. Though we will not read and discuss every exercise by every student in the class, all students will have exercises read and discussed in class during the semester.

PARTICIPATION: This class is workshop-based. Regular attendance with active and engaged participation is critical to the success of the class. Theatre is created collaboratively and performed publicly. Sharing your work in class is important to the progress of the entire group just as your thoughtful response to the work of your colleagues is essential to your development as a writer.

ROUGH DRAFT: A complete draft of a play meeting the criteria of the final project.

FINAL PROJECT: 1) A finished ten-minute play minimum. No more than six characters. Ten page maximum. 2) A developed draft of one-act play, no more than six characters and no longer than 30 pages maximum. 3) A draft of a longer work. The Final Project criteria will be defined and approved by the instructor. All projects are to be typed in standard manuscript format.

Grading Factors
Reading Assigned Texts and Preparation for Discussion
Meeting the Assigned Deadlines for Scenes and Drafts
Degree development and Improvement
Quality of your Critique of your Peers
Willingness and Ability to Rewrite
Quality of Final Project
Quality of Final Reading

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