Playwriting Class

Playwriting is an exciting and engaging way to learn about performing arts and scriptwriting. To be successful, you need to know where ideas for plays come from, the lingo writers speak, how to create fully dimensional characters, how to write dialogue, where to start your play, how to develop your storyline and reach the story’s climax, and how to bring your play to a satisfying conclusion.

If you want to explore script writing and learn script writing this class is for you. The skills you learn in this class will help you write better stories, better dialogue and be useful in many other writing areas. This class is not just for writers, anyone with an interest in any aspect of performing will benefit from learning about the aspects of writing and storytelling techniques that will be presented. An experienced team of writers, directors, actors and designers, from Prescott Center for the Arts, will
teach this class. The team has years of experience working with elementary and secondary students. The goal of the class will be to guide students through the process of writing, revising and producing their work. Students will be encouraged to submit their plays for Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival. They will also learn about additional opportunities to submit their work for scholarships or other playwriting competitions. In the spring, a special festival production opportunity will be given to all writers who wish to take their play to the next step of performance.

This course will meet once a week for 2 hours for a total of twelve weeks. Additional work out of class will be encouraged and required for students to achieve the best results with their writing. (Students should plan to spend an average of 2 hours per week outside of class working on assignments and their play script.)

Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the structure of a story and the structure of a theatrical script.
Students will learn how to fully develop a character for a play or story.
Students will learn to write dialogue that helps convey and move a story forward.
Students will write and revise a 10-minute script that will not exceed 10 pages.
Students will learn to submit writing for competitive opportunities.
Students, who desire, will participate in the process of bringing their writing to life for a showcase performance.

Class Location: Prescott Center for the Arts StageToo
Time: Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00pm
Class duration: 12 weeks beginning on Jan. 8, 2018
Cost: $125. Per student
https://www.pca-az.net/young-playwrights-festival.html
Prescott Center for the Arts Young Playwrights Festival Information
Email questions to:
Debra White
dclarewhite@me.com

PCA Ex. Director
director@pca-az.net

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Year-long Writing Classes

Lydia Wimber, who lives in the heart of Prescott Valley (near the library), will be teaching 3 writing classes for several age groups out of her home. She is a trained instruction with the IEW (The Institute of Excellence in Writing) curriculum and will be using that. For more information, please email her at jlwimber2@yahoo.com.

Class 1: Advanced US History/Constitution IEW writing Class

For Middle School aged kids, preferably Grades 7-9.

Mon/Wed @ 8:00 am- 9:30 at the Montes home: Prices $60/Month [Semester 1= 15 weeks @ $300, Semester 2= 16 Weeks @ $310] This will be a two day a week US History/Constitution class for advanced writing class. This class will be for those who have been writing with the IEW style and have taken the beginning US history class. We will continue the US history lessons from the explorers through modern times using the IEW curriculum book Advanced US History -student book only (link below). We will also be including some Grammar with this class using the Easy Grammar Plus book (see link for a possible purchase site)

Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Grammar-Plus-Student-Workbook/dp/0936981148

Class 2: Intermediate Medieval History IEW writing Class

For later elementary age kids, preferably Grades 4-6.

Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 at my house. The Cost will be $30 a month for 31 weeks or $150 for the 1st semester (15 weeks) and $160 for the second semester (16 weeks) We will be using the IEW textbook for Medieval history (link below). We will also continue (and review) Grammar using the Grammar book from last year. Easy Grammar Grade 3 (link below)

Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]

Class 3: Early Level Bible Heroes IEW Writing Class

For early elementary age kids, preferably Grades 1-3.

Monday from 10:00-11:30 at my house. The cost will be $30 a month for 31 weeks or $150 for the first semester (15 weeks) and $160 for the second semester (16 weeks) This will be a very slow introduction course for the IEW method. We will be introducing this writing method to the students and helping them to take notes using the KWO method using bible stories as reading material. Let me know if you would like me to include a grammar lesson with this level. There is a grammar curriculum at IEW called Fix-It Grammar you could check out. Let me know if you would like this to be included.

Bible Heroes Writing Lessons

*NOTE* If you follow the links to the IEW curriculum, you may want to search around for a better price for this textbook. I was able to find many of these at a clearance price. Sometimes this means the book will be an old version, but I can work with this.