Open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This course is about writing, researching, and workshopping the story that you must tell, and shaping its form as a play, screenplay, novel or work of creative nonfiction. The workshop will examine approaches to creating a compelling narrative in a supportive, encouraging environment of peers striving to reach the next artistic plateau. Some of the questions that will be considered are: How much should characters reflect actual people, or be fictionalized composites? What elements can be utilized to complement and enhance the storytelling? And what ethical issues are raised in such decision-making? Whether the tales are connected to family, culture, gender or 'race' memory, there are certain strategies that may further the development of works that draw from creative imagination and historical sources. Texts may include The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, The Dramatist's Toolkit by Jeffrey Sweet, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri, M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, and such films as Adaptation, Shadow Magic and Teza .