Beginning Playwriting - Write a Play and Get Produced!
- 3.5 hours on-demand video
- 39 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- How to think in and write engaging dialogue
- The playwriting terminology you absolutely need to know
- How to correctly format your playscripts
- Fixing common problems in dialogue, plot, character, and conflict
- How to build interesting characters
- The specific questions that you need to ask yourself about your plays
- How to effectively use punctuation to improve your characters and dialogue
- By the end of the class, you will have a completed short script ready to send to theatres, publishers, or contests.
- Just a desire to write and a willingness to try the activities in the course.
So, how do you write a play?
This is a fun and practical creative writing course designed to get YOU excited about creating your own original plays and give you the confidence you need to get them produced.
Writing techniques, literary devices, and specialized skills will be covered to help you discover, perfect, and share your own unique writer's voice.
While review quizzes over major concepts are provided along the way, the true measure of your progress will be in the authentic writing projects that you will complete as you progress toward your goal of becoming a successful and confident playwright!
The Course Includes:
49 video lectures organized into 12 easy to understand lessons/subject areas
Each lesson is broken down into multiple video lectures that include:
A quick writing assignment aligned with the day's goals
A lesson covering an area of course content
A practical application project to get you using your new skill
9 online review quizzes presented throughout the course
Quizzes are designed to reinforce the major concepts discussed in the class
39 graphics, notes, templates, assignments, or outside resources to further your knowledge base
Supplemental materials are provided for every lesson
Over 3 1/2 hours of video lessons
By the end of this course - you WILL have written a play!
Through taking this course, you will increase your understanding of playwriting as you:
begin thinking of story in terms of dialogue
employ powerful strategies for developing interesting and engaging characters
determine how to effectively use punctuation to increase meaning, character, and conflict
learn the questions you need to ask yourself as you write and revise
utilize solutions to fix the most common problems in dialogue, plot, character, and conflict
apply correct script formatting to your original scripts
master the most important playwriting vocabulary that every script writer should know
- Anyone looking to try their hand at writing a play or improving their dialogue
Writing Journal Prompt, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict
2. How to Write Dynamite Dialogue
- Using Punctuation
- The "Pause"
- People Don't Usually Say What They Feel!
Writing Journal Prompt, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue
2. Important Playwriting Terms
- Stage Directions
- Dramatic Action
Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments
1. Writer's Journal
Writing Journal Prompt, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character
3. Common Problems in First Plays - Dialogue
Writing Journal Prompt, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme
5. Creating a Conflict Scheme
Writing Journal Prompt, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire
2. Extra Resources to Help You Write
- Smith and Kraus Best 10 Minute Play Collections
- A More Perfect Ten by Gary Garrison
3. 10 Minute Play Structure