Beginning Playwriting - Write a Play and Get Produced!
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Beginning Playwriting - Write a Play and Get Produced!

Improve dialogue, characterization, conflict, and plot to write your first script and become a successful playwright
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Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 39 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.
Requirements
  • Just a desire to write and a willingness to try the activities in the course.
Description

Course Overview:

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!


Course Goals:

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

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone looking to try their hand at writing a play or improving their dialogue
Course content
Expand all 49 lectures 03:42:42
+ Introduction
2 lectures 07:31

Introduction, Your Writer's Journal

1. Introduction and overview of the course

Preview 05:37

Introduction, Your Writer's Journal

2. How to write in a Writer's Journal

- Written list of all Writer’s Journal Prompts used throughout the course

A Quick Word About Your Writer's Journal
01:54
+ Thinking Visually
6 lectures 18:45

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
01:30

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

1.5 The importance of writing EVERY SINGLE DAY

PART 1.5 - Write EVERY Day
03:39

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

2. Thinking About Story Visually and in Dialogue

PART 2 - Visual Storytelling
03:54

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

3. Practice Telling a Visual Story

PART 3 - Visual Story Practice
01:13

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

4. Creating Your Anecdotal Comic

PART 4 - The Anecdotal Comic
02:59

Writing Journal Prompt, Thinking Visually and in Dialogue, Creating a Visual Story, Writing Your Comic

4. Creating Your Anecdotal Comic

PART 5 - Anecdotal Comic Assignment
05:30
Thinking Visually - QUIZ
3 questions
+ Developing Dialogue
4 lectures 19:52

Writing Journal Prompt, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
02:19

Writing Journal Prompt, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict

2. How to Write Dynamite Dialogue

- Knowing and Listening to Your Characters

- Ways to Get Inside Your Character's Head

- Reading Your Dialogue Out Loud

PART 2 - Writing Dynamic Dialogue (Part1)
07:41

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!

Preview 06:32

Writing Journal Prompt, How to Write Dynamite Dialogue, Playwriting Exercise #1 - It's All About Conflict

3. Playwriting Exercise #1

- Six Lines of Dialogue Showing CONFLICT

PART 4 - Writing Dialogue w/ Conflict
03:20
Developing Dialogue - QUIZ
4 questions
+ Writing the Monologue
4 lectures 29:23

Writing Journal Prompt, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
01:46

Writing Journal Prompt, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue

2. Important Playwriting Terms

- Character

- Goal/Objective

- Obstacle

- Conflict

- Dialogue

- Monologue

- Scene

- Stage Directions

- Setting

- Biography

- Dramatic Action

- Beat

Preview 10:05

The Elements of Plot and Character - Refresher

- Elements of Plot

*More than just Action

*Plot Peak

~Exposition

~Inciting Incident

~Rising Action

~Climax

~Falling Action

~Resolution

- Types of Characters

~Protagonist

~Antagonist

~Foil

BONUS - The Characteristics of Plot and Character
11:17

Writing Journal Prompt, Some Very Important Playwriting Terms, Writing Your Monologue

3. Writing Your Monologue

PART 3 - Writing the Monologue
06:15
Writing the Monologue - QUIZ
3 questions
+ Format and Variety
4 lectures 24:03

Writing Journal Prompt, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
02:47

Writing Journal Prompt, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

2. How to Correctly Format Your Script

- Why It Matters

PART 2 - Script Formatting
10:17

Writing Journal Prompt, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

2. How to Correctly Format Your Script

- An Example of Correct Formatting

PART 3 - Script Formatting Sample
06:25

Writing Journal Prompt, Correct Script Format, A Formatting Example, Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

3. Adding Variety to Your Dialogue

- Hint: Punctuation is a GREAT Tool

PART 4 - Add Variety to Your Dialogue
04:34
Format and Variety - QUIZ
4 questions
+ Get Rid of Your Movie Brain
5 lectures 20:16

Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

1. Writer's Journal

Preview 02:01

Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

2. Good Exposition is Important!

PART 2 - Exposition
01:42

Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

2. Good Exposition is Important!

- Playwriting Exercise #4

PART 3 - Playwriting Exercise #4
02:21

Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

3. Get Rid of Your Movie Brain

- Stagability is Your Number One Goal

PART 4 - The "Movie Brain"
09:38

Writing Journal Prompt, Exposition is HARD, Get Rid of Your Movie Brain, Writing Three Moments

4. Writing Visual Moments

- Playwriting Exercise #5

PART 5 - Playwriting Exercise #5
04:34
Get Rid of Your Movie Brain - QUIZ
3 questions
+ Fixing Common Problems
4 lectures 21:59

Writing Journal Prompt, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
01:59

Writing Journal Prompt, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

2. Should You "Write What You Know?"

PART 2 - Write What You Know? Maybe.
07:37

Writing Journal Prompt, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

3. Common Problems in First Plays - Dialogue

Preview 07:42

Writing Journal Prompt, Write What You Know?, Common Problems - Dialogue, Common Problems - Character

4. Common Problems in First Plays - Characters

PART 4 - Common Problems - Characters
04:41
Fixing Common Problems - QUIZ
4 questions
+ The One Minute Play
4 lectures 16:01

Writing Journal Prompt, Common Problems - Conflict, Common Problems - Plot, Writing the One Minute Play

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
01:50
PART 2 - Common Problems - Conflict
07:03
PART 3 - Common Problems - Plot
04:27
PART 4 - Your One Minute Play
02:41
The One Minute Play - QUIZ
4 questions
+ Building a Character
5 lectures 15:01

Writing Journal Prompt, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
02:03

Writing Journal Prompt, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme

2. Congrats on Finishing Your 1 Minute Play - Now Let's Go For 10!

PART 2 - Congratulations!
03:26

Writing Journal Prompt, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme

3. Activity vs. Action - How to Tell Them Apart

PART 3 - Activity vs. Action
02:55

Writing Journal Prompt, Activity vs. Action, Creating Your 10 Minute Play, Building a Character, Can You Keep a Secret?, Creating a Conflict Scheme

4. Building a Character

- The Importance of Secrets

PART 4 - It's a Secret!
04:40

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

Preview 01:57
Building a Character - QUIZ
3 questions
+ The 10 Minute Play
4 lectures 16:54

Writing Journal Prompt, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire

1. Writer's Journal

PART 1 - Writer's Journal
01:51

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

PART 2 - Resources & Structure
03:46

Writing Journal Prompt, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire

4. 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays

PART 3 - 12 Rules for 10 Minute Plays
05:35

Writing Journal Prompt, Extra Resources, 10 Minute Play Structure, 12 Rules for Writing 10 Minute Plays, A Playwriting Questionnaire

5. A Playwriting Questionnaire

PART 4 - A Playwriting Questionnaire
05:42
The Ten Minute Play - QUIZ
4 questions