Writing Studio 3

College of Performing Arts: Drama

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Majors Only
Writing Studio 3
Spring 2024
Taught By: Crystal Skillman
Section: A

CRN: 14728

Credits: 3

Building on the fundamentals of STORY, WRITING 1, and WRITING 2, WRITING 3 is an advanced playwriting course where writers will revise a first draft, hone the core elements of their storytelling through the dramatic arts, create a dramaturgical method for evaluating their own work, and emerge with a strong portfolio of writing. What does the life of a professional playwright look like? For a professional writer, the minute a writer finishes writing “End of the Play” and receives feedback, the need for rewrites begins. But what feedback to take, and how to run one’s own dramaturgical feedback becomes key to this process. In the first half of this class, students will learn the craft of revision as they create a second draft of a play (ideally a long one-act or short full-length from a previous Writing Studio class, with a running time of 45 to 90 minutes.). As a part of this, they will create new work, which allows the writer an opportunity to create a new piece of work between 30-60 minutes if they want to work on an entirely new piece for the second half of class. The second half of the class will focus on revision and dramaturgical techniques to see how the new pages are working and introduce tools to help a playwright “drive their own process”. Writers will learn the importance of honing the dramatic question of their play, what scenes are unnecessary or perhaps not needed from their play, and what their story might be missing. It is a chance to ground the play in its given circumstances and push even further how the story is told. Keep what works, throw out what doesn’t, and revise/create new work to make a strong production-ready script to share with an audience. The goal will be to emerge with a strong writing portfolio that includes a revised full-length, a ten-minute play (for short play competitions), and a confident artistic statement about their work as they enter the industry.

College: College of Performing Arts (CO)

Department: Drama (DRA)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 8

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:04pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Building: Drama 151 Bank
Room: 110
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024