FTH6120 Advanced Playwriting Techniques

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

This course will provide students with advanced knowledge of dramatic structure and experience in dramatic writing. It will involve the creation of a one act play. Students will spend all the course time involved in the creative process, including working with principles of dramatic structure to construct new and original works for stage or screen.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students evaluate the playwriting techniques made popular by drama therapist Norman J. Fedder, Ph.D., RDT/BCT and compare them to other playwriting approaches in theatre studies. Students then utilize one or more of Fedders techniques in writing a one-act play of four scenes that is suitable for a live audience.

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.