FTH4100 Playwriting Techniques

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

This course will provide students with knowledge of dramatic structure and experience in dramatic writing. It will involve the creation of several written scenes for the stage or screen. Students will spend all the course time involved in the creative process, including working with principles of dramatic structure to construct new and original skits or short films. Emphasis will be on the use of Fedders Four, a playwriting technique developed by Drama Therapist Norman J. Fedder.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course takes an introductory approach to writing plays by having students write small scripts that will serve as skits or short films suitable for a live audience. The course emphasizes playwriting techniques made popular by drama therapist Norman J. Fedder, Ph.D., RDT/BCT, which will make this course different from playwriting courses in other theatre programs.

Why This Course Is Important:

Students who study playwriting will learn to have a deeper appreciation for every play ever written, including the greatest drama: the story of Christ. In a time when Christian performances (particularly films) are mocked as cheesy, this playwriting course will aid the student practitioner in producing a good, solid work that holds up to secular scrutiny by incorporating the tools gained in this course and combining it with tools gained in prerequisite courses.