THDA 640W (1SY) - Playwriting


Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2020 - Full Term (08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 12624
Special Fees: $24.00
To illuminate and guide each student through the art and craft of writing for performance. This course explores the fundamental principles needed to build a realistic play that is intended to be produced upon the stage. Though the course is built around the construction of plays, the principles, writing exercises, readings, and other assignments serve as a solid base for any form of dialogue driven writing. Special fee. Writing intensive.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Equivalent(s): THDA 540, THDA 540W, THDA 750, THEA 750
Only listed campus in section: Durham, Manchester
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course, Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/31/2020 12/11/2020 MW 2:10pm - 3:30pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

Please Note: Our course will be online for Fall 2020, and my plan is to meet synchronouly over zoom during regularly scheduled class times.  If you have any questions or worries or issues at all, let me know!

I know this will be a different experience this semester, but I am so looking forward to working with you all.

What makes a great play great? What stories need to be told on stage now? This collaborative writing workshop will investigate the essential skills for playwrights including creating dynamic characters, dramatic action, and dialogue that makes us lean in to listen. We will analyze the dramatic techniques of modern masters as well as acclaimed contemporary playwrights. Through interactive exercises and assignments each student will develop their own unique playwriting voice. Everyone will hear newly written pages out loud – absolutely essential for playwrights – and receive constructive feedback. Classes will be a mix of writing exercises, lectures on craft, in-depth analysis of classic and contemporary plays, and discussions of student work, culminating in the creation of original one-act plays.