Course Spotlight: Introduction to Screenwriting

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This course is an introduction to and overview of the elements of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in dramatic writing for cinema. Emphasis is placed on telling a story in terms of action and the reality of characters. The difference between the literary and visual medium is explored through individual writing projects and group analysis. Development of synopsis and treatment for a short theatrical screen play: theme, plot, character, mise-en-scene and utilization of cinematic elements. Questions? Contact instructor Ben Kumming:

Revolving Door Literary Journal open for submissions


From Revolving Door Literary Journal:

Revolving Door Literary Journal is a startup literary journal that focuses on publishing the creative works of college students. This journal will not only help college students receive recognition for their work but also offer the opportunity of being published in a quality literary journal.

We accept submissions all year and currently publish in April and December. The types of writing we are currently accepting include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting.

If you have any further questions feel free to email us at or visit our website.

Winter Quarter Elective


Are you the next Oliver Stone, Wes Anderson , or Sofia Coppola?

Want to be a screenwriter?

As a Winter Quarter elective, the Communications department is offering MCS 389: Topics in Production: Adapting Creative Non-Fiction. This course is not cross-listed, but it may be of interest to English majors, especially creative writers.

TTH 3:10-4:40, LOOP
Winter 2012

Course Description: 
Some of the best scripts in the world begin as real events. Creative nonfiction stories explore true-life situations using the same script techniques such as scene, dialogue and description employed by fiction. In this class you will become a scriptwriter using the truth as a beginning point.

Creative nonfiction heightens the whole concept of reality.  And it allows a writer freedom to employ the diligence of a reporter, the shifting voices and viewpoints of a novelist, the refined wordplay of a poet.  The end product will be finished scripts that can be used for television, film or stage.