Final Project: Online Literary Journal

DP #60: Writing Advice

Read the provided handout with quotes from published writers. When you’re done, write down some writing advice of your own and be prepared to share with the class.

 

Hi folks!  It’s time to talk about the final exam project for this class: your submission to our online literary journal.

Here are the directions on how to do the final project.  You’ll all be submitting to our online literary journal, Et Cetera.

Your final assignment is due TOMORROW (June 4th) by the end of the hour.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

Screenwriting: Day Two

Daily Prompt #55: Responding to Music

Listen to the following song. Feel free to write as you listen (or just listen!)

Hi folks!

Let’s review the handouts: Building Blocks of a Script and Formatting a Script.

Next, practice formatting a short scene from Toy Story with a partner.

Google Docs also has a script Add-on. Let’s play with it a little bit!

Let’s check to see if you’ve got it!

Screenwriting: Day One

Daily Prompt #54: Inspired by Images

Inspired by this image, write for ten minutes. Your choice of topic and form is completely up to you. See where the art and your writing take you.

 

For this unit, you’re going to learn how to write both movie and play scripts. Since both are meant to be performed and seen, our daily prompts will be both image and music-related.

To start this unit, you’re going to study excerpts from four different film genres and complete the linked activity.  Once you’re done completing the activity, we’ll talk about what the elements of movie scripts are, and then watch the movie clips!

 

 

Day #22: Abecedarian

DP #37: Dear Poet #5

Today, we’re going to watch and listen to an eminent American poet recite original poetry. Be prepared to write down your reactions after listening, as well as discuss.

You’ll be listening to eight poets over the course of the next two weeks and writing a letter to one of them.

 

Today, you’re going to try your hand at writing an Abecedarian poem.  These poems use the alphabet to start every line.  Here’s one I wrote.  

Once you craft one you like, transfer it into your poem book.

Happy writing!

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