In this course students will plan, create, and research a story. You will discover the value of attention to detail for a plot for writing a novel, teleplay, or screenplay. The main goal of the course is for students to develop skills for writing a mystery-suspense-crime story.
This course is intended for beginning mystery-suspense-crime writers. However, all creative writers and literature students can benefit from the lessons. In addition, it is recommended individuals interested in writing thriller stories take the class.
You will write a treatment for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will develop characters for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will create a setting for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will create conflicts for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will create the climax of your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will create falling action / resolution for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
You will discover the value of doing research for your novel, teleplay, or screenplay.
•I am the author and publisher of the coming-of-age book, Growing Pains – 10 short stories about growing up, and former columnist for Hollywood Scriptwriter magazine.
•I have written, produced, and directed five dramatic short movies and one feature crime-drama movie titled, The Two Sisters, that received two Best Screenplay nominations from film festivals.
•I am the screenwriter of the suspense short movie, Road 29, which was a contest semi-finalist. In addition, I have written mystery and suspense screenplays, receiving award recognition, and teleplays for a miniseries.
•I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of California at Davis and taught English (composition, literature, written analysis) to students in grades six through twelve and undergraduates.
•Other courses I taught are English Language Development, Social Science, Video Production, and Drama.
•I earned a Master of Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
•I earned a Teaching Credential and an Administrative Services Credential for leading an education organization.