College Bulletin 2023-2024 
    
    Mar 02, 2024  
College Bulletin 2023-2024

ENGL 070S. Screenwriting


(Cross-listed as FMST 015 )
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of screenwriting while enabling them to explore their unique sensibility as writers. We consider how screenplays differ from other dramatic forms and understand what makes good cinematic storytelling. By looking at short and feature-length scripts and films, we examine issues of structure, character development, effective use of dramatic tension and dialogue, tone, and theme. Through in-class exercises and discussions, students flesh out their ideas and grapple with their writing in a supportive workshop atmosphere. Coursework includes screenings, short assignments, and the completion of several drafts of a short screenplay. No previous writing experience required.
Prerequisite: Instructor’s approval.
Humanities.
1 credit.
Eligible for FMST and ENGL.
Fall 2023. Evans
Spring 2024. Evans
Fall 2024. Evans.
Fall 2025. Staff.
Catalog chapter: Film and Media Studies  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/film-media-studies


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