Welcome back, class of 2013. I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer. But here we are again. This year is partly devoted to writing scripts (both theatrical and for the screen). What you learn here can help you improve your fiction "dialogue" skills, as well as make you a better psychologist (dealing with people in crisis), while honing your writer's craft.
Today, after reviewing the course criteria and updating your computer passwords, we will get started on a couple assignments to begin this course.
Check this blog each class period for agendas, deadlines, educational
information, advice, and a whole lot of links to enhance your
education. All you have to do is read and click. You are responsible for reading and interacting with the material I post on the blog.
you're absent or missed something in class, please check the blog to
get caught up. As stated above, each new class period includes a new
post. If you have a question about an assignment and are too embarrassed
to speak to me in public (or you have a question that you think you
will forget to ask), feel free to use the comment section.
on our link page is a link to our Creative Writing Forum. You will be
expected to use the forum to discuss the major reading and thematic
topics in this course. Electronic forums save paper. You are keeping the
world green by posting responses and reflections there.
Today, let's begin playwriting with a character building exercise. You will need a notebook or paper to jot down some character notes. See post above this one for specific details.
When you have completed your writing, please get together with a friend (or two) and begin reading our first play: Talking With
by Jane Martin. More about this play will be detailed next class. Please complete your reading of the play script by Wednesday, September 7.
HOMEWORK: Read Talking With by Jane Martin. Complete character brainstorm exercise.