Screenwriting 2: Writing the Screenplay
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NSRW 3820
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Online
Permission Required: No
Students work on finishing the first half of a feature-length screenplay. They begin by creating a detailed outline to solidify structure and simplify the writing process. In class, writers analyze their own and one another's stories for strength of imagery, clarity of underlying ideas, and effective use of elements such as unity, tension, obstacles, exposition, foreshadowing, and cause and effect. Writing exercises help students develop unique, complex characters. Finally, students use their finished outlines to write the first 50 pages of a draft in proper screenplay format. Weekly page requirements keep them on track, while in-class reviews offer support, guidance, and direction. Prerequisite: Screenwriting 1 or permission of the instructor.