Playwriting

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2018

Course Description:
This is a beginning course in writing for the stage.

Starting with the basics, we will practice the craft of constructing one-act plays to be performed by actors.

We will read published plays and talk about how they are constructed.

Some class time will be devoted to generating ideas and raw material for your plays and then workshopping your plays towards perfection. You will also be encouraged to offer tactful, constructive, and encouraging criticism to your classmates when they submit drafts of their plays for workshop.

I hope you help me create an environment in which we feel free to make mistakes, take chances, and be brilliant.

Required Materials:
• Take Ten: New 10-Minute Plays, Land and Shengold (1997)
• an @pitt.edu email account which you check regularly for communications from me
• access to a printer (I will send you some files via email which you are required to print; and you will be required to print multiple copies of your plays for workshop)
• a fail-safe way to back-up all your work in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and cloud storage (such as Box, available for free through my.pitt.edu)

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2017

Course Description:

Starting with the basics, we will practice the craft of constructing one-act plays to be performed by actors.

Unlike a lecture class, this creative writing workshop is based on you: your writing, your participation and liveliness, your ideas and questions, your presence.

You will share your creative work and be encouraged to offer tactful, constructive, and encouraging criticism to your classmates when they submit drafts of their plays for workshop. I ask that you help to maintain an environment in which we feel free to make mistakes, take chances, and be brilliant.

Class time will be devoted to generating ideas and raw material for your plays and workshopping them towards revision. You will also spend much time both in and out of class reading and thinking about published plays and how they are constructed.

Required Materials:

- Regular access to a computer
- An active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
- A regular access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
- A fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2016

Course Description:

Starting with the basics, we will practice the craft of constructing one-act plays to be performed by actors.

Unlike a lecture class, this creative writing workshop is based on you: your writing, your participation and liveliness, your ideas and questions, your presence.

You will share your creative work and be encouraged to offer tactful, constructive, and encouraging criticism to your classmates when they submit drafts of their plays for workshop. I ask that you help to maintain an environment in which we feel free to make mistakes, take chances, and be brilliant.

Class time will be devoted to generating ideas and raw material for your plays and workshopping them towards revision. You will also spend much time both in and out of class reading and thinking about published plays and how they are constructed.

Required Materials:

- Regular access to a computer
- An active @pitt.edu email account you check regularly for communiati0ns from me
- A regular access to a printer (I will send you numerous handouts and readings via email attachments which you will be required to print and bring to class)
- A fail-safe way to back-up all your work; “back-up” means daily saving of material in at least two locations; for example, your computer’s hard drive and a cloud storage such as Google Drive (included with a free Google account) or Box (available through my.pitt.edu and free with your tuition); you might even use USB drives or external hard drives to triple back-up!

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2015

Course Description

A beginning course in writing for the stage. Starting with short scenes, students will work toward understanding the craft and art of constructing theater stories to be performed by actors. The final project will be a one-act play. Throughout there will be emphasis on the stage effectiveness of the writing and opportunity for informal performance of student scripts. Cross-listed as THEA 1765. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

none

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2014

Course Description

A beginning course in writing for the stage. Starting with short scenes, students will work toward understanding the craft and art of constructing theater stories to be performed by actors. The final project will be a one-act play. Throughout there will be emphasis on the stage effectiveness of the writing and opportunity for informal performance of student scripts. Cross-listed as THEA 1765. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-7.5”x 9.5” Mead Composition Book (70 to 100 sheets [140 to 200 pages]), or something similar
-5-or-so binder clips

Syllabus: 

Eric C. Schwerer, Playwriting, Fall 2013

Course Description

A beginning course in writing for the stage. Starting with short scenes, students will work toward understanding the craft and art of constructing theater stories to be performed by actors. The final project will be a one-act play. Throughout there will be emphasis on the stage effectiveness of the writing and opportunity for informal performance of student scripts. Cross-listed as THEA 1765. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

• Backwards and Forwards, David Ball
• @pitt.edu email account that can receive large (13.0 MG) .pdf files from my email address
• ability to print over 200 pages of material
• 7.5”x 9.5” Mead Composition Book (70 to 100 sheets [140 to 200 pages]), or something similar
• 5-or-so binder clips

Syllabus: 
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