Dramatic Writing Summer Courses

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Summer 2019 Courses

Registration For Summer Courses Begins February 11th!

The Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts offers summer courses to all NYU and visiting students. This is an opportunity for departmental majors to take courses to complete degree requirements or other NYU or visiting students to pursue personal interests in writing for theater, film, and television. There are a small number of seats that are offered for non-credit students.

Please visit this page for more information about Summer at Tisch

Visiting students interested in taking non-credit or credit courses during the summer should complete the visiting student application page here.

DDW summer 2019 courses

Introduction to Dramatic Writing

DWPG-UT 18/DWPG-GT 2018/NCRD-UT 18

Tu-Th /01:30pm -- 04:35pm/ 05/28/2019 - 07/07/2019

 

This class provides an introduction to the basic elements needed to create a dramatic (of any kind, including comedic) script. Students will examine what it means to have a protagonist, antagonist, and conflict as well as learn to resolve conflict and create a story. Writing exercises will address each of these elements culminating in the writing of a thirty-minute play or screenplay. Examples of how these elements are used in great dramatic works will be drawn from play, film, and television. The intent of this class is to provide students with the tools necessary to do further dramatic writing whether in upper level courses or on their own. Meets with DWPG-GT 2018 and NCRD-UT 18

Playwriting I

DWPG-UT 30/DWPG-GT 2030/NCRD-UT 30

M-W/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm / 05/28/2019-07/07/2018

 

A vigorous review of the basic principles taught in Craft as they apply to playwriting. Students will concentrate on characterization, dialogue, and structure with an emphasis on identifying the stakes, turning points, climax and resolution of the drama. The course builds to an exploration of theatricality and how the use of physical action, props, movement, sound, and light are primary to the creation of a dramatic work for the stage. This is a writing seminar in which each student will write and workshop a ten minute play and a one act play. In addition there will be reading assignments of dramatic texts, primarily from contemporary playwrights, which will be discussed throughout the semester.

Screenwriting I

DWPG-UT 35/DWPG-GT 2035/NCRD-UT 8003

Tu-Th/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 05/28/2019 -- 07/07/2019 

M-W/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019 

M-W/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 05/28/2019 -- 07/07/2019

 

 

 

This is an introductory course that will focus on the fundamental components of screenplay writing. Produced screenplays will be analyzed for structure and student work will be presented in a workshop process.Students are required to write a short silent film, a ten minute short film and a 20-30 minute short film, as well as a synopsis and outline for a feature length film. The reading and analysis of six to eight screenplays is required in conjunction with the student’s original work. Lectures integrate writing work with presentations emphasizing understanding of basic screenplay format, structure, theme, story, plot, character development and film language.

 

Screenwriting II

DWPG-UT 1045/DWPG-GT 2045/NCRD-UT 8004

M-W/ 01:30pm -- 04:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

This intermediate level screenwriting course is designed to expand on the concepts introduced in Screenwriting I by focusing on feature screenplay writing.The goal of the class is the completion of a first draft of an original feature length screenplay, after developing a pitch, a synopsis and an outline. The reading and analysis of six to eight screenplays is required in conjunction with the student’s original work. Lectures integrate writing work with presentations emphasizing understanding of basic screenplay format, structure, theme, story, plot, character development and film language continued from Screenwriting I.

TV I: The Half Hour

DWPG-UT 1042/DWPG-GT 2042/NCRD-UT 8005

Tu-Th/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

Tu-Th/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

 

This seminar class teaches a structure, shape, and approach to writing television half-hour. It provides a ground-up exposure to TV script-writing, moving in steps from premise lines, to the 1-page breakdown, to pages, and then revision in an intense classroom seminar critique. As a ground-up class, the focus will be on completing a spec script for a current TV half-hour – either live-action or animated. (An approved show list will be provided before class begins.) Specs teach fundamentals – how shows are structured, stories beat out, what goes into an act break, how to focus on the major character…even elements such as appropriate length of scenes and speeches, proper and improper use of stage directions (ATP). Familiarity with these tools allows students to create more original pilots in the upper-level TV classes.

 

TV II: The Hour

DWPG-UT 1048/DWPG-GT 2048/NCRD-UT 8008

M-W/ 10:00am -- 01:05pm/ 05/28/2019 -- 07/07/2018

Tu-Th/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

TV II is an extension of the story-making, dramatic principles that students learned in TV-1, the Half-Hour. This TV II is an extension of the story-making, dramatic principles that students learned in TV-1, the Half-Hour. This seminar takes students step-by-step through the whole 1-Hour process: from premises, through outline/beat sheets, through writing a spec script for a current 1-hour television episodic series. (An approved show list will be provided before class begins.) Your script and revision will evolve in an intense classroom seminar critique. Specs teach fundamentals and tools that will allow students to create more original pilots in the upper-level TV classes.

 

Writing Workshop: Sketch Comedy

DWPG-UT 1082/DWPG-GT 2082/NCRD-UT 8016

Tu-Th/ 01:30pm -- 04:35pm/ 05/28/2019 -- 07/07/2019



This is a sketch-writing workshop culminating in a production of the class’ work. A survey of sketch genres and approaches will be integrated with writing assignments keyed to those genres (the Cold Open, Hi-and-Welcome-Back-to-Another -Episode-of…, desk pieces, remotes, the 30-45 second short Comedy Film, etc.) along with rewrites (many collaborative) of original sketches The goal is for each student to emerge from the class with several polished sketches. This can be a pretty wild class, so it also helps not to worry about comedy that goes “too far.” The course may be visited by occasional guest professionals. The production will be acted and produced by the class. Note: Everyone must bring 1 (ONE) original unproduced

 

Writing Workshop: Late Night

DWPG-UT 1082/DWPG-GT 2082/NCRD-UT 8016

Tu-Th/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

Joke writers aren't allowed to wait until they feel funny. This intensive introduction to the craft of writing topical jokes exposes students to the rigors of producing news-driven jokes and short comedy pieces on demand. Students will be required to keep abreast of the news and come to class prepared to write jokes and desk-pieces on subjects selected by the instructor. They will create material appropriate for different programs and hosts, including Colbert, Bee, Noah. Occasional guests from late-night comedy shows may critique student work. The goal is to get fast and steady at joke-writing, while compiling a late-night writing packet to be used to seek work in the field.

Writing Workshop: Self Producing

DWPG-UT 1082/ DWPG-GT 2082/ NCRD-UT 8016

M-W/ 05:30pm -- 08:35pm/ 07/08/2019 -- 08/18/2019

You’ve crafted an incredible script in your writing workshop, and feel like you might have written the next groundbreaking show in American Theatre... now what? Self-Producing for Writers takes students through the practical steps of producing their own work in NYC and leveraging it into meaningful career opportunities. This course introduces students to the practicalities of budgeting, branding, casting, fundraising, scheduling, sourcing, contracting, and all the other minutiae of independent theatrical producing. Professional theatrical institutions in New York City are long-lived, but opportunities for amateurs are ever-changing. This course acts as a primer for New York City’s enormous landscape of amateur venues, festivals, fellowships, and writing groups, filling in the gap between your last writing workshop and your first professional production, and ensuring that you only spend your creative energy in environments that are creatively and professionally fulfilling. By the end of the course, students will have a production packet that serves as a blueprint to put their work in action in a meaningful, budget-conscious way. The course is intended for students interested in any discipline of live performance. Readings from the class include interviews conducted with working independent theatre professionals, press releases, and sample budgets and marketing and fundraising plans, all sourced from the independent theatre community, as well as excerpts from published nonfiction works such as Ridiculous Theatre: Scourge of Human Folly by Charles Ludlam, Song of Spider-Man by Glen Berger, and Outrageous Fortune: the Life and Times of the New American Play by Todd London, Ben Pesner, and Zannie Giraud Voss.

For questions regarding registration please contact our Program Administrator Ruma Uddin.