In Form, writers try out their voices in fiction (novel, novella, short story), drama (stage play), and film. At this stage of development, the core story has a direction.Read More
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Writers who complete this first course will exit with three pieces of writing: a plot synopsis in three acts (8-10 pages); a dramatic scene (5-6 pages); and an extended essay that explores the writer’s hopes and fears, dreams and motives and skills.Read More
Instruction in Story Development is hands-on, writing in the room, reading the writing for tone and voice and rhythm, listening to scenes performed—a kind of living laboratory for writers and writing.Read More
Story Development—a 90-hour course divided into three units of 30 hours each: Foundations; Scene and Plot; Form.
The core of story development is the dramatic scene. A scene is an action or series of linked actions taking place in a finite period of time in a single setting. King Lear howling on Shakespeare’s Heath is a scene; it’s over when the King stops howling and returns to throne room or bedroom or dungeon, depending on what’s happening in the plot.