Course Description

DRAM 350

PLAYWRITING III

Fall 2013-Winter 2014, Wed 11:30 – 2:30, Room 118, Theological Hall

INSTRUCTOR: Daniel David Moses

OFFICE: Theological Hall Room 305, PHONE:533-6000 Ex.78293, E-MAIL: moses@queensu.ca

OFFICE HOURS: Wed 2:30 – 4 or by appointment

LIVING (WITH) THE PLAY

This workshop is the apprentice playwright’s opportunity to develop a full-length dramatic work —usually two acts— for the stage.

It assumes the student artist has familiarity with the fundamentals of stagecraft and dramatic storytelling and experience of and appreciation for the writing workshop process as well as a sense of his or her own creative process and welcomes the challenge of working on, living with, and developing, through revision and two terms, a single, stage-worthy, project.

The course develops the playwright’s conscious and creative writing habits, discipline and skills.

Student playwrights will develop and examine the concepts for their plays by looking at content and form in regard to story, dramatic interest, character, genre, relevance, feasibility and theatricality.

Playwrights will orally present their chosen concepts and, after feedback, submit a final written description of their Play Concept along with a work plan covering the twenty four weeks of the two terms of the course (plans are open to revision) as a Playwrighting Plan. (The Plan must include the completion of a Rough Draft of the play for review by the end of the fall term and a Final Draft for review by the end of the winter term.) The student will also keep a playwright’s Journal as a record and examination of his or her writing process, noting progress in regard to the Plan, revisions of the Plan, problems in the writing or concept and the solutions used to overcome those problems, as well as writing concepts discovered during the year (journals will be reviewed by the instructor once each term). The second term focuses on refining and expanding the Rough Draft into a Final Draft.

At the end of the second term, a selection of individual scenes from the playwrights’ work will be presented by the class as a Public Reading. 

 

 

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