Playwriting for the Rhetoric Stage
One-semester course. A semester-long workshop for high school students dedicated to the crafts and techniques of playwriting. Students will write a complete play over the course of 16 weeks. During the first half of the semester, students will learn key elements of playwriting, such as proper formatting, organic and believable dialogue, creating character for stage, learning how other elements of theater (lighting, sound design, production design, etc) should be written into scripts, and more.
In the second half of the semester, students will write, share, and give feedback on each other’s work. Students will complete writing exercises–both free standing short scenes to work on dialogue and character descriptions–to incorporate into their longer projects. They will read scripts, both professionally written and each other’s, and watch plays available online to get an understanding of how productions move from page to stage. Students will ideally see a play in their local area (if possible) and bring feedback to class.
Playwriting for the Rhetoric Stage Information
- Example Syllabus
- Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
- Class cap: 15 students.
- Designed for grades 9-12.
- High school students may be awarded .5 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.
- The instructor will provide all course materials.