Playwrighting is a mod which combines both the “Art of” and “Workshop” types of SR literature courses. Every week you read a play, exercise, and follow a prompt to write a scene outside of class. In class, you analyze the readings, read the scenes aloud, and give critiques.
I took Playwrighting because I dropped out of creative writing school before the year-long stage and screen intensive, so I figured I should get some training on the subject before I enter the editing world. My previous knowledge of drama came from numerous years performing in musicals. Needless to say, I knew nothing.
If this class will do anything for you, it will teach you how to use the medium of drama to its fullest potential. Playwriting holds a very specific niche in the writing world, and because of this class, I suddenly found that everything that I wanted to write about but couldn’t finally had a place, and that place was in dramatic scripts.
If you want to succeed in this class, show up. Because this is a mod, Aimee puts heavy emphasis on attendance and will dock points if you miss more than one class without letting her know beforehand. Also, do your work, but that should be a given.
As skilled as Aimee is at assigning readings and giving useful critiques, she lacks in time management. We often did not have enough time to discuss everyone’s pieces or discuss the assigned plays. If you are easily frustrated/stressed when it comes to distraction or cramming, this might not be the class for you. Also, she invented the word “Playwrighting” to indicate we are learning about the process of being a playwright, but it looks kind of stupid on resumes and angers me to no end.
Elise Kelly. Elise Kelly is a sophomore at Simon's Rock and The Weekly Cad's President and Director of Creative Publications.