Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Writing for Performance

 Title Abbreviation:   WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE

 Department:    DRMA

 Course #:    144

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    500501

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Screenplay and stage script format, story construction and character development will be studied. Student writing will be read and discussed in a supportive workshop setting. An appropriate class for both beginning and advanced writers.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamental difference between film and theatre as art forms.
  2. Understand story construction including the cultural influences that effect story structure.
  3. Learn correct professional format for screenplays and stage scripts.
  4. Learn about the business of selling scripts in the professional world.
  5. Write a screenplay and stage script and share their work with the class.
  6. Understand the process of writing and develop a personal technique that is effective for them.
  7. Learn to effectively evaluate a script and participate in construcive critique sessions.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Correct format for screenplays and stage scripts.
  2. Basic techniques of story construction and character development.
  3. Selling your script-opportunities, responsibilities, and realities.
  4. The creative process and writing-how to develop a personal technique that works.
  5. The critical perspective-how to become your own editor and story consultant.