Creative writing and drama

This is a course for English learners seeking to develop their English language skills alongside dramatic writing and performance skills. The course culminates in a dramatic performance of a play written by the students themselves.

 

Level: B1 or above

  • Introduction: Types of play:

 

Example: ten-minutes play: compact play, with a beginning, middle and end. It typically takes place in one scene and runs no more than ten pages. Other types of play: one-act plays, full-length plays, musicals

 

  • Story Structure:

 

Scenes or Acts: Virtually all plays divide into three-act structure

1) Exposition

2) Complication

3) Resolution

 

  • Story Development

 

Outlining and breaking down the elements of a story:

1) Create a context

2) Write a conflict: plan the beginning, middle and end of the play

3) Create characters: express their desires and conflicts

4) Create ticking clock (example: giving a speedy resolution to a conflict)

5) Write a dialogue that moves the plot forwards

 

  • Manuscript Format Elements

 

1) Title Page

2) Cast page

3) Act/Scene Heading

4) A stage direction at the beginning of an act or a scene that describes what is on stage at rise of the curtain,

5) Characters name

6) Dialogue

7) Stage direction

 

  • Performing on the stage