Dramatic Writing - Mr. Jeffrey Stingerstein
(Dramatic Writing (Fall 2017))

Dramatic Writing - Mr. Jeffrey Stingerstein


Fall 2017 M/Th 9-10:20 am

This is an introductory dramatic writing class that examines the role of playwrights and screenwriters in storytelling. Students will learn the fundamental tools and terminology of dramatic writers and have the opportunity to put those tools into practice through text analysis, writing one-act plays, and writing short screenplays. Students will read critical and theoretical texts ranging from Aristotle’s’ Poetics to more contemporary analysis (Jeff Sweet, etc.), and apply these theories and exercises to their own writing. There will be a strong emphasis on structural elements, especially plot, character, conflict, action, and dialogue. Students will identify their strengths and weaknesses as writers, find and implement creative ways to highlight and challenge their strengths, and improve/develop their weaknesses. Through in-class writing exercises, students will develop tools that prompt creativity and break impasses, such as writer’s block. Students will develop writing practices that include discipline, focus, clarity, and thematic intent. Additionally, students will develop their ability to critically watch and respond to narrative storytelling through readings, viewings, class critique, and short response papers.