BLOG POST: Sample Script

Today, make sure you complete all of the steps below. If you are not able to, you have until Sunday at midnight to do so.

Requirements:

  • 1) Select a piece you have already written (creative essay, short story, flash fiction, poem, daily prompt, etc…)
  • 2) Rewrite it as a script: either PLAY or SCREEN (not both!)
  • 3) Type it on a Google Doc (2 pages approximately)
  • 4) Click ‘Share’ and change to ‘anyone with the link can view’
  • 5) Create a blog post: briefly introduce your script and add the Google Doc link to the post (picture is recommended, but not required)

Happy writing!

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Script writing: the assignment

Daily Prompt #59: Inspired by Image

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Inspired by this image, write for five minutes.

 

Today, we’re going to review the requirements for the script assignment.

Requirements:

  • 1) Select a piece you have already written (creative essay, short story, flash fiction, poem, daily prompt, etc…)
  • 2) Rewrite it as a script: either PLAY or SCREEN (not both!)
  • 3) Type it on a Google Doc (2 pages approximately)
  • 4) Click ‘Share’ and change to ‘anyone with the link can view’
  • 5) Create a blog post: briefly introduce your script and add the Google Doc link to the post (picture is recommended, but not required)

Use the hour today to complete steps 1-2

Tomorrow, we’ll be in the lab so you can complete steps 3-5.

This assignment is due Sunday by midnight.

Happy writing!

Screenwriting – Day Three

Daily Prompt #56: Inspired by Images

Write down whatever comes to your mind as you look at this image.

 

Take ten minutes.

 

Let’s continue practicing with screenwriting.

Alone or with a partner, try your hand at writing a mini screenplay for the following scenario:

 

John heard a strange noise in the closet. As he crossed the room to investigate, he heard Diana scream something terrifying. He tried to decide what to do. Then, he made his decision.

 

Elaborate as much as you want. Be prepared to share and discuss with the class.

 

Now, take something from your writer’s notebook (could be anything!) and turn it into script format.  Have fun!

 

 

Starting your Writer’s Notebook

Welcome students!

Before we start our main lesson today, I want all of you to write down a short-term goal you have for yourself this semester. It does not have to be related to this class. Put your name on it so I can check in with you to see how it’s going. Once you’ve written it down, stick it on our goals wall. Once you’ve completed the goal, move it over to the “Achieved” column!

Now it’s time to start creating your writer’s notebook.  To do that, you’re going to engage in a few writing exercises today.  These are strategies we will continually use throughout the semester.

Okay, it’s time to start your first notebook entry.  Here goes…


Daily Prompt (DP) #1:  

On the first page, write your name at the top.  Nickname, full name – you decide.

Underneath it, write whatever you want. Write about the history of your name, the significance of it, what you like/don’t like about it, other people you know with this name, names you wish you had, etc….  Poetry, prose: don’t over think it; just start writing.  You could even draw.

This entry will be an optional one to share.

*Returning Students: imagine your name has been taken away from you and replaced with a number. Explore how that would affect you.


 

DP #2: Writing from a List:

Select your own topic for a list, then make that list.  A list should have at least 5 items.  Give the list a title.

 

Now, pick one of the items on your list and begin free writing about it.  You have five minutes.

This entry will be an optional one to share. 


DP #3: Questions:

Write down a question you have to which you do not know the answer.

 

 

 

 

Now for the fun part!  Pass your notebook to someone sitting next to you and attempt to answer his/her question.  Write your response in his/her notebook.

 

Script writing: the assignment

Daily Prompt #20: Inspired by Image

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Courtesy of Pixabay

Inspired by this image, write for seven minutes.

Today, we’re going to review the requirements for the script assignment.  Here’s the rubric.

To help you make sure your idea is sound, use this plot chart to test. Then, when you’re ready, begin writing out the script itself.

We’ll be in the lab tomorrow and Friday so you can type your rough draft. We will do editing on Monday. Tuesday, you will finalize your draft and publish it on your blog.

Happy writing!

Screenwriting – Day Four

Daily Prompt #17: Inspired by Images

Write down whatever comes to your mind as you look at this image.

 

Take ten minutes.

 

Let’s continue practicing with screenwriting.

Alone or with a partner, try your hand at writing a mini screenplay for the following scenario:

 

John heard a strange noise in the closet. As he crossed the room to investigate, he heard Diana scream something terrifying. He tried to decide what to do. Then, he made his decision.

 

Elaborate as much as you want. Be prepared to share and discuss with the class.

 

Now, take something from your writer’s notebook (could be anything!) and turn it into script format.  Have fun!

 

 

Nature – inspired again!

DP #61: Inspired by Nature

Write a piece of flash fiction using the following prompt for inspiration:

The protagonist wakes up in a seemingly endless field of wildflowers in full bloom with no idea how he or she got there.

Take ten minutes.

Today, we’re going back outside! Your goal will be to pick one small aspect of nature to focus on. Write about it in as detailed a manner as you can. Notice everything about this one piece of nature. Start inventing a story for it or create a poem.

The second half of class, all of you will be sharing some of your nature writing from the past two days at the outdoor stage area. You decide what piece of writing you want to share.

Let’s go out and enjoy nature today!