COMEDY SCRIPTWRITING (LLA 0049): If you have ever wanted to write a sitcom or film comedy, our comedy screenwriting
course is for you. Explore where humor comes from and where to find material. Learn
how to hone comic dialogue and create compelling comedic characters and story lines.
Using examples, script analysis, video clips, and writing exercises, you’ll explore
what’s needed to get your work into the marketplace. This course provides you with
the solid foundation to write sketches, create a sitcom, write a “dramedy” (comedy-drama),
or a big-screen comedy.
SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP (LLA 0045): Take the first step towards turning your imagination into text. Using a variety of prompts, you and your classmates will work through the process of creating an original screenplay. You will learn how to adhere to a specific set of standards and how to finish what
WRITING A TEN-MINUTE PLAY (LLA 0135): Students will focus on the tools needed to create a story for the stage that is complete and understandable. First, students focus on the fundamentals of character, dialogue, plot, and world. You complete in-class activities to help you understand and implement the basics. In-class reading assignments may be distributed, and bonus reading suggestions are provided to students for in between sessions. The attention shifts to your own original works when you write and share your work in class with facilitated conversation. Shared work may be an excerpt from something you are working on or, time permitting, a fuller piece. The goal of this class is to leave with at least one ten-minute play ready to submit. Open to all experience levels.
WRITING THE TV PILOT (LLA 0044): It is the new golden age of television, and there is no better time to develop that great idea you have for a TV show. We will explore past and present successful television series like Breaking Bad, The Big Bang Theory, Red Oaks, and The Expanse. We will steep ourselves in the varying structures of network, cable, streaming, and web series television. You will write and dissect plots and subplots, create dimensional characters, and sling captivating dialogue. By the end of the course, you will have written and workshopped a 30-minute or hourlong comedy, or drama that is ready for the small screen.
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.