Playwriting: Day Two

Daily Prompt #58: Inspired by Music

As the music plays, write down whatever comes to your mind.

 

Today, we’re going to do some practice writing dialogue. You’ll be writing two different scenes of dialogue.

First Scene: find a partner. With your partner, select one of the sample characters listed below (or come up with your own). Decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write it like a play script. Don’t worry about quotation marks and dialogue tags.

Be prepared to share. I’ll ask for a few volunteers.

Second Scene: on your own. Select two new characters listed below (or come up with your own). Just as before, decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write in screenplay or play script form. Use the remainder of the hour.

Sample Character List
from the National Writing Project

  • movie star and fanatic fan
  • officer and speeder
  • psychiatrist and patient
  • waiter/waitress and diner
  • man on a ledge and psychologist
  • principal and student
  • hairdresser/barber and client
  • teacher and parent
  • little sis and big sis
  • driving instructor and student driver
  • deejay and phone-in listener
  • reporter and accident witness
  • priest and confessor
  • cheerleader and nerd
  • girl and boy on blind date
  • dogcatcher and dog owner
  • player and coach
  • two late-night grocery shoppers
  • girl’s date and little brother or sister
  • flight attendant and passenger
  • man and God
  • angel and devil on character’s shoulder
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Playwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt #57 Writing from Music

Listen to this song.  As you do, write whatever pops into your head.

Music can lead to amazing moments of brilliance.  Try it out!

 

Today, we are going to read a script from a former student who submitted to the Michigan State University’s Playwriting Competition.

Next, let’s review the format for writing a play and consider how it is different and similar to a screenplay.

Playwriting: Day Two

Daily Prompt #19: Inspired by Music

As the music plays, write down whatever comes to your mind.

 

Today, we are going to read a sample play script that highlights how to format it.

Now, we’re going to do some practice writing dialogue. You’ll be writing two different scenes of dialogue.

First Scene: find a partner. With your partner, select one of the sample characters listed below (or come up with your own). Decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write it like a play script. Don’t worry about quotation marks and dialogue tags.

Be prepared to share. I’ll ask for a few volunteers.

Second Scene: on your own. Select two new characters listed below (or come up with your own). Just as before, decide on a scenario where these two characters would be talking and write their conversation. Write in screenplay or play script form. Use the remainder of the hour.

Sample Character List
from the National Writing Project

  • movie star and fanatic fan
  • officer and speeder
  • psychiatrist and patient
  • waiter/waitress and diner
  • man on a ledge and psychologist
  • principal and student
  • hairdresser/barber and client
  • teacher and parent
  • little sis and big sis
  • driving instructor and student driver
  • deejay and phone-in listener
  • reporter and accident witness
  • priest and confessor
  • cheerleader and nerd
  • girl and boy on blind date
  • dogcatcher and dog owner
  • player and coach
  • two late-night grocery shoppers
  • girl’s date and little brother or sister
  • flight attendant and passenger
  • man and God
  • angel and devil on character’s shoulder

Script writing: Peer-editing Continued

Daily Prompt #27: Inspired by an Image

Courtesy of pdpics
Courtesy of pdpics

Write for seven minutes, inspired by this image.

Today, the class is going to divide into two groups: screenwriters and playwrights. In those groups, sit in a large circle, rough drafts in hand.

Continually pass your scripts clockwise until you get your original back (or the end of the hour: whichever comes first). Every time you get a new script in hand, read it, and write a comment at the end. Your comment should include:

something specific you like about the script

something specific you think could be improved

If you see writing convention errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation) please mark those errors directly on the script.

Remember, we are meeting in the lab tomorrow. Scripts are due tomorrow night! 🙂

 

Script writing: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #26: Inspired by Music

As the music plays, write down whatever comes to your mind.

Today, you’re going to share your scripts with four of your peers and have them fill out a peer editing form. You may choose your peers, but be sure one of them is a resident expert in training who can give you specialized help.

Tomorrow, bring a fresh copy of your script (preferably typed) for a peer activity. You will be passing it around several times.