English 388. Advanced Playwriting
After we’ve written one or two plays, what we have to hold onto in those terrifying moments of facing the blank page are more refined instincts; a sharper sense of immediacy; some tools for creating character, dialogue, setting and dramatic arc, and probably a stronger determination to make the beast fly. Through a series of writing exercises and an ongoing discussion of individual creative process, we will focus on developing, shaping, refining and energizing our content. Plays written in this course will be included in the annual spring New Plays Festival. Readings of contemporary plays, theory, manifestos and reviews will supplement our creative work.