Workshop Day: Playwriting (Day Four)

Daily Prompt

WN #42: Writing from an Image

absurd set

This is an actual set for a play.  What do you imagine the script would be like for a play like this?  Freewrite for ten minutes, exploring your thoughts and ideas about this set.

The end of the marking period is…tomorrow!

I need all of you to rate yourselves on your participation.  Take out your Progress Tracker Packets and fill out the section about participation for marking period 2.  Turn those into me today so I can review them and input the grades.

As always, be honest (with me, and with yourself).

Now, while I am conferencing with students individually, these are your options:

* work on writing your own ten-minute play (write something entirely new or take a piece you’ve already written and convert it)

* work on a post for your blog (remember to post your book review if you haven’t yet)

* read a great book

* help a fellow writer with his/her writing

Okay, happy writing/reading!

 

Playwriting (Day Three)

Daily Prompt

WN #41: The Worst Day Ever

Imagine what would constitute the “worst day ever” for you and write about it.  You pick the genre: comedic, dramatic, etc…

Write for ten minutes.

Today, I want to bring to your attention a local playwriting contest which I urge you to consider submitting to.  Remember, you all need to submit to a space “beyond the classroom walls” before the end of the semester.

Let’s read another ten-minute play together called, “Clothes for their Souls.”

What questions do you have about writing a play as you move forward?

Use this time now to write some more of your ten-minute play!

 

Workshop Day: Playwriting (Day Two)

Daily Prompt

WN #40: Writing from a List

Make a list of moments from your own life which could be interesting to see onstage.

Write for five minutes.

Let’s continue yesterday’s discussion about plays.  Today, we’re going to specifically focus on structure.

For those interested, I have another 10-minute sample script for one actress called, “The Serpent’s Tale.”

Now, while I am conferencing with students individually, these are your options:

* work on writing your own ten-minute play (write something entirely new or take a piece you’ve already written and convert it)

* work on a post for your blog (remember to post your book review if you haven’t yet)

* read a great book

* help a fellow writer with his/her writing

Okay, happy writing/reading!

 

Playwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt

WN #39: Writing from a Word

The word is: CLOUD.

Inspired by this word, write for ten minutes.

This week, we’re going to focus on playwriting.  To do so, we’re going to study “ten-minute plays.”  

Let’s read one together called, “The Chocolate Affair.”

What do you notice a script has?

Take out the screenplays from a couple of weeks ago.

What do you notice are the similarities and differences between scripts for the stage and scripts for the screen?

Let’s generate a list of ideas and determine which category they would be best for: screen or stage.

So how does one write a ten-minute plays?  Here’s some words of advice.