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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
    
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ENGL 2029 - Creative Writing: Screenwriting

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3 Lab None
Course Description: This creative writing class intended for all students focuses on the writing and close reading of screenplays. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding screenwriting through a historical and contemporary need for equity, including individual and group differences (e.g. race, gender, class), power dynamics, and discrimination in this field. Because creative writing involves both creativity and scholarship, coursework includes: writing and revising screenplays; reading screenplays; analyzing and forming aesthetic judgments about screenplays; learning about form and technique in screenplays; and responding to the creative work of classmates in a writing community. This course does not fulfill the Literature requirement for the Associate of Arts degree at Century College.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 7 Human Diversity

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: ENGL 1020   with a grade of C or higher OR ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. History of screenwriting
    1. select readings and film clips
    2. discussion of historical, social, political, and cultural influences
    3. unequal power relations between groups (i.e. race, gender, class)
    4. written reflections on select screenplays
  2. Contemporary screenwriting
    1. select readings and film clips
    2. discussion of historical, social, political, and cultural influences
    3. unequal power relations between groups (i.e. race, gender, class)
    4. written reflections on select screenplays
  3. Contemporary aesthetics in screenwriting
  4. Screenplays as models for student writing
    1. reading screenplays and viewing films
    2. observing and discussing screenwriters’ choices
    3. writing reflections about using learned techniques in student work
  5. Forms and techniques in screenwriting
    1. evolving screenplay structure: traditional and innovative
    2. scenes and sequences
    3. narrative elements
  6. Overview of and practice with the creative process in screenwriting
    1. discovering and generating material
    2. writing drafts of screenplays
    3. providing written and/or oral feedback in writing groups and a workshop environment
    4. revising screenplays
  7. Screenplay format
    1. using screenwriting software
    2. screenwriting terminology
    3. other resources
  8. Qualities of effective writing communities
    1. guidelines for writing groups and/or writing workshops
    2. criteria for evaluating screenplays in progress
    3. how to accept and offer thoughtful oral and written feedback within established writing groups and/or writing workshops

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate informed personal judgments about screenplays.
  2. Critique screenplays based on various models and contemporary aesthetics.
  3. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry through the lens of screenwriting.
  4. Explain how the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups influence the field of screenwriting.
  5. Engage in the creative process through writing and revising screenplays
  6. Use standard screenplay format and terminology.
  7. Describe the experience and contributions to culture, through screenwriting, by groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.
  8. Exchange constructive feedback about original screenplays within a writing community.
  9. Describe how individual and human values are expressed in a variety of forms of screenwriting within a historical, social, political, and cultural context.

Competency 1 (1-6)
06. 02 Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
06. 03. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
06. 04. Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
Competency 2 (7-10)
07. 02. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
07. 03. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.
07. 04. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.


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