Writing for the Screen and Stage celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2013!
We are living in a world in which dramatic content has an increasing effect on our lives. The minor in Writing for the Screen and Stage is an interdisciplinary program, created in 2003 to draw upon the faculties and resources of the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Dramatic Art and the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. It offers undergraduate students the unique opportunity to focus specifically on the craft of dramatic writing and is designed for those considering writing careers in theatre, film, television or the web.
The MINOR is open to freshman and sophomore students. Those interested in the program must have a 2.4 GPA or better, and have taken either English 130 (Introduction to Fiction Writing), English 132H (Freshman Honors in Fiction Writing), Communication Studies 330 (Introduction to Writing for Film and Television) or Drama 231 (Playwriting I).
English 130 is open to any student at the University. English 132H is restricted to honor students. COMM 330 gives preference to COMM majors, so instructor permission may be required to enroll. Drama 231 requires permission from the department.
In certain instances the pre-requisite may be waived upon approval of the program’s director.
The submission package must include:
1) A cover letter including….
- Student’s name
- PID #
- Email address
- Telephone number
- Intended year of graduation
- Prerequisite status
2) A letter of recommendation from the student’s writing instructor.
3) One writing sample chosen from the following list….
- A short story
- The first chapter of a novel
- A short screenplay
- The first 25 pages of a feature-length screenplay
- A one-act play
- The first 25 pages of a full-length play
- The first 25 pages of an original television pilot
Please email the above material to Professor Dana Coen (email@example.com) between February 1st and March 1st, 2015.
Applicants will be notified by March 29, 2015.
Fall Semester of JUNIOR (or SOPHOMORE) Year
COMM 131/DRAM 131: Introduction to Writing for the Screen and Stage
DRAM 120: Play Analysis
Spring Semester of JUNIOR (or SOPHOMORE) Year
COMM 430: History of American Screenwriting
COMM 433: Intermediate Screenwriting
Fall Semester of SENIOR (or JUNIOR) Year
COMM 537: Master Screenwriting
COMM/DRAM 131, COMM 433 AND COMM 537 MUST BE TAKEN IN CONSECUTIVE SEMESTERS.
The following courses are recommended but are not required to complete the minor
DRAM 331: Playwriting II
COMM 535: Introduction to Film Adaptation
COMM 334: Writing the One-Hour TV Drama
DRAM 135: Acting for Non Majors
COMM 335: Film Story Analysis
For additional information, contact Professor Dana Coen (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Writing for the Screen and Stage minor, Department of Communication Studies, CB# 3285, 204 Swain Hall.
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