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DRAMA 441 A: Beginning Playwriting

Meeting Time: 
MW 3:00pm - 4:50pm
HUT 303
Nikki Yeboah
Nikki Yeboah

Syllabus Description:

Drama 441 Beginning Playwriting

Course Description

Beginning Playwriting is a course where we explore writing for the theatre by reading, watching, developing, writing, and discussing plays. We will unpack the art and craft of dramatic writing with a particular focus on process, including: action, character, and dialogue. We will deepen our understanding of these components by completing and workshopping writing assignments, providing and receiving productive and empathetic feedback, reading the work of contemporary playwrights, and seeing productions. The course requirements, instructor, and your peers will provide the support, structure, accountability, and community that all writers need to create their best work. The final project of the course consists of two components: (1) a script treatment, which is a document that maps out the entire story idea of the play before you begin writing and (2) a fully developed scene from the play.

Instructor: Nikki Yeboah

Class schedule: M/W 3:00pm - 4:50pm (PST) 

Fall Quarter 2021 Course Syllabus

Email: nyeboa@uw.edu 

Zoom Office Hours: Tues. 10-10:30 (PST) and by appointment

Here's a link to a full syllabus!

Here's a link to my office hours (Tues. 10-10:30)!

This class will be mostly in person but sometimes hybrid, meaning on some days we will hold it online. When we do, here's the link you'll be using to join class. THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS IS IN PERSON. LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU MASK-TO-MASK!

Required Text and Materials: 


Goldfinger, Jacqueline. Playwriting with Purpose: A Guide and Workbook for New Playwrights (Routledge Publishing Group; 2021). (Available On Canvas)

Dramatic Texts: (Available for purchase online/bookstore/library)

How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse

Ruined by Lynn Nottage 

Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris

Free scriptwriting software options:

Preferred Option: WriterDuet

Other Options:



Highland 2

Causality (Curious about this one)

Additional readings and resources will be available on the course’s Canvas site; in addition, you will be asked to provide electronic and hard copies of your work for reading purposes. 

List of Submissions (in order of deadlines)

10/8 Character Profiles (10 points)

10/15 One-Page Critical Statement (10 points)

11/05 Plot Outline (15 points)

12/3 Scene Draft (10 points)

12/10 Final Project (25 points)

TBA Public Reading (4 points)

Ongoing Collaboration/Participation (8 points) 

Ongoing Pre-Class Exercises (8 points)

Ongoing Timed In-Class Reflections (10 points)

Catalog Description: 
Writing exercises and drafts of a one-act play provide first experience in writing for performance. Readings of representative one-act plays introduce genres and writing styles.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
September 14, 2021 - 2:23pm