Writing Performances is an innovative workshop course offering advanced practice in writing for performance. Students learn to transform and adapt compelling nonfiction, fiction, and poetic situations and scenarios into market-ready performance pieces such as plays, dramatic sketches, monologues, audio commentaries, lyrics, oral storytelling and spoken-word poetry.
This class provides understanding of the basic techniques of transforming various source materials into performance writings, an ability to analyze the performance potential of a source, and a knowledge of issues central to the relationship of personal expression to public performance. This course covers problems and form, stereotype vs. archetype, character and meaning, scene and genre, the structure spectrum, the incident and the scene, markets, antagonism and dialogue, character and dialogue, problems, solutions and the finished text.
Coursework may include weekly writings and serving as constructive and encouraging critics of peers’ work. For a final project, students may have to submit, as they might in a professional setting, two complete acts and a full proposal for publication.