Building Compelling Story Settings

SCRIPT X 464.10E

Turn your story’s setting into a vibrant world that leaps off the page and becomes a signature aspect of your work.

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Classroom
Starting at $665.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

About this course:

Dialogue, plotting, and pacing are pillars of any good script or book. However, a strongly-evoked setting can lift a good story into a great one. Through this course, you look at striking examples of stories where the location was just as much a character as the protagonist. You take in such stories as a class and learn to articulate what makes your settings so striking. You look at photos of interesting locations and find all the right words to best describe them. And with visual media, you even “reverse-engineer” descriptions based on what you see, then compare your writing afterward to what the script dictated in the first place. As the course progress, you are tasked to write stories in different media—prose, live-action, animation, graphic novel, etc.—with an eye to establish and extenuate the setting. Through extensive workshopping of material in class, you learn how to make location a signature aspect of your story, not just some arbitrary choice, and describe it in vibrant, compelling language.

Winter 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Tuesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Tom Pinchuk
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Fee:
$665.00
51 days left. Enroll by Jan 7, 2020
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Notes
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Refund Deadline
No refunds after January 12, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
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Location
Discussion
Tue Jan 7, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Jan 14, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Jan 21, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Jan 28, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Feb 4, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Feb 11, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Feb 18, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Feb 25, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Mar 3, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28
Discussion
Tue Mar 10, 2020
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A28

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