Fundamentals of Story
Choose and develop your best story ideas as you incorporate classic story principles to craft a powerful, memorable script.
What you can learn.
- Examine structure, subtext, crisis, and climax to enhance your story's dramatic arc
- Determine point of view and character development to enhance storytelling
- Apply creative tools to stimulate your creative process and avoid cliche
- Complete exercises and give and receive feedback in class
About this course:Whether you want to be a writer for film, television, or theatre, a dynamic understanding of story is absolutely necessary for success. In this course, you learn how to choose and develop your best story ideas while examining point of view, structure, character development, dialogue, subtext, crisis, and climax using classic and contemporary scripts as models. Tools to stimulate your writing incorporate acting improvisation as well as photography, painting, and music. Individual and group writing exercises are shared in a supportive atmosphere with guided rewriting as a core task in the course. At the end of the class, you will be able to integrate classic story principles in every facet of your work as well as use these tools to analyze your own writing and take it to the next level.
Spring 2020 Schedule
These courses meet regularly and are fully online. Click “See Details” below for more information.
No meeting May 25.
Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Please note: Due to adjustments made to the Spring quarter, this course is now scheduled to be delivered in a synchronous online format. Classes will be delivered weekly in an online forum at the scheduled time assigned to the course. Further adjustments may be made by the instructor in order to best serve the course material. Please check Canvas regularly for updates.