THEA 2030 Beginning Playwriting

This course introduces students to the craft of playwriting through the analysis of plays, the completion of writing exercises, and the writing and revising of a one-act play. Selected scripts will be produced by the Theatre Department. (3 Lect.)


3 credits

Transfer Status

Equivalent to UW.

Major Topics

  • Script format
  • Invention
  • Characterization
  • Dialogue
  • Exposition
  • Conflict
  • Structure
  • Common problems
  • Collaboration


In order to successfully complete this course, the student will:

1. Complete reading assignments and participate in class discussions of the material

2. Read, analyze, and discuss the works of established playwrights

3. Complete a variety of exercises pertaining to script format, invention, characterization, dialogue, exposition, conflict, and structure

4. Maintain a writer’s journal

5. Discuss, analyze and critique their own writing and that of their peers

6. Write and revise a one-act play suitable for production

Other Information

Any information placed here must be adhered to by all instructors:

Traditionally students have produced their plays in a Theatre Showcase or 4 (or More) in 24.