CRW 234 Writing for Screen & TV - Jo Carlise
An introduction to the craft and art of screenwriting. In this course students will develop skills of critical analysis and do collaborative work, to waken imagination in the dramatic medium. Students exit the class with the first act of a feature length narrative script. We will study autobiographical sources, three-act structure, log lines, and examine works such as Gordon Parks’ The Learning Tree, Dee Reese’s Pariah, and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.
CRW 246 Playwriting - Johnny Payne
This course focuses on mastering essentials of dramatic technique, such as scene construction, creation of characters and dialogue, setting, pacing, and stagecraft. Beginning with a detailed analysis of Hamlet as an exemplary play of dramatic cause and effect, we will spend the first two weeks of the course examining how it is put together. David Ball’s manual Backward and Forward will allow us to break down its scenes, and to analyze its flawless structure. We will then move on to a variety of modern and contemporary plays, gauging how each is made, and what it has to offer you as a playwright in progress. This course will debut a sophisticated (and easy to use) virtual reality game, Backslide, for Oculus, which invites you to write a play backward, then forward. I will preview the game to those who are interested.
CRW 248 Latin American Chronicle - Dr. Juana Moriel-Payne
Since its beginning after the European and (Latin) American encounter, to the Twentieth Century, Latin American Chronicle has observed the complex reality of urban spaces. It has included journalistic and literary elements, with a narrator/observer who is emotionally involved in his orher socio-historical narratives, perceptions that make the genre a subjective one. In this sense, chroniclers are enunciator-narrators who take a significant distance from journalism to transgress the official-social representations by exposing social tensions and conflicts.
CRW 299C Publishing Seminar - Thomas Cook
What is a novel? What aesthetic and social movements shape the publishing landscape? This seminar exposes students to the theories and practices that drive commercial and academic publishing across selected genres and markets. The course culminates in a hands-on editing and publishing project directed by students.