Tier 2 – Advanced
Comprising the Writer's Studio’s advanced sequence, students will begin by writing a full-length play, move forward to develop complex characters through actions and consequences, use dramatic language to enhance the world of the play, differentiate between plot and story and how to apply them through the use of time, employ the use of image as a dramatic tool to enrich conflict, and devise dynamic worlds on stage that involve components beyond dialog such as sound, music, movement, media, dance plus other components. Tier 2 culminates in a public reading of a student’s work. A scholarship and fellowship are available to assist with program cost.
Fall QuarterWinter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
The Writer's Studio classes are available year-round in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. Click on the icon to the right of the class description to register for the corresponding quarter.
Developing the Full-length 1
off Tier 2 advanced coursework, you will build on fundamental skillsets
to start writing that full-length play. Within you will map out a
visual storyboard of a play, identify key elements in the dramatic arc,
explain what your imagery means in the minds of audiences, write scenes
that escalate, plus much more.
6 Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm (Summer Jun 8 - Jul 13) OR
Prerequisites: Essentials 3, prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play or permission of Instructor
Developing the Full-length 2
part 2 of this course, you will build scene by scene to a full-length
play. Discover dramatic action through character decisions, describe in
what way story/plot/time unfold in the work, build the world of the
play, apply dramaturgy techniques, learn to give and receive feedback
that speaks best to a writer, plus much more.
6 Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm (Spring Mar 16 - Apr 27)
Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 1 or permission of Instructor
If you have completed prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play, start with one of the next three.
“Scene Shop” Play Development
For experienced playwrights, Scene Shop offers weekly writing exercises to help you develop your script, actors to read your work from home, and constructive group feedback. You also become eligible to participate in the popular Scene Shop Showcase in our theatre.
Prerequisites: Writing the Full-length 2 or prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play
this course, you will learn the best practices of rewriting. Create
both a tracking document and an image tracker to detail your story,
answer in detail the universal vs specific aspects of your work, show
how your choices translate in the mind of the audience, journal your
writing process to discover patterns and show growth, plus much more.
6 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Spring Mar 21 - Apr 25) OR
6 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Summer Jun 5 - Jul 10)
Prerequisites: prior playwriting coursework resulting in a full-length play
Script Analysis Intensive
any playwright what a necessary skill is, and they say, “script
analysis.” In this intensive, you will analyze full-length plays to
identify decisions characters make and how the consequences of those
decisions shape the character, translate subtext, identify differing
process, learn to articulate what “The Big Idea” is, plus much more.
Prerequisites: Essentials 1 or Essentials Bootcamp
This workshop is all about professionally developing you. Learn strategies for submitting and networking with producing institutions, how to pitch your work, write an artist’s statement, resume, bio and plan for the next year, plus much more.
1 Weekend Bootcamp, 10:00am-4:30pm (Winter Dec 1 - Dec 2) OR
6 Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm (Summer Jun 12 - Jul 17)
Prerequisites: The Rewrite or “Scene Shop”
If you have completed the above and think the play is ready for a table reading, then time to advance on.
Connections 1 Workshop
You have written that first draft or story, meticulously developed it scene by scene, done rewrites, refined your work, created a plan for the next year, and now you are ready to have your work critiqued. In this rare opportunity you will receive feedback from two professional directors—each giving unique insight and advice to advance your work forward.
8 Saturdays, 10:00am-1:00pm (Spring Mar 23 - May 11)
Prerequisite: "Scene Shop", The Rewrite, Script Analysis Intensive, and Professional Development
Connections Workshop 2 (coming Fall 2019)
You have written multiple drafts, meticulously refined it scene by scene, done rewrites, been critiqued, and now you are ready to have a table reading with professional actors and a director. In this extraordinary opportunity you will receive feedback from these professionals and your peers—each giving unique insight and advice to advance your work forward to the next step, the public reading.
Prerequisites: Connections 1 and recommendation by a reading panel
Public Reading (coming Winter 2019)
In this Tier 2 capstone course, you’ll get a public reading of your work. You’ve put in all the work, now learn through the reading process—make recommendations on casting, work alongside a director, invite potential theatre collaborators, create customized audience feedback, plus much more!Prerequisites: Connections 2 and recommendation by a reading panel