Spring 2014


Listed in: English, as ENGL-388  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-240

Formerly listed as: ENGL-24  |  FAMS-25


Chris Mason Johnson (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 388 and FAMS 240.)  A first workshop in narrative screenwriting.  Through frequent exercises, readings, and screenings we will explore the fundamentals of scene and story shape as they’re practiced in mainstream commercial filmmaking, while taking a broader look at what a screenplay might be outside of that world.  In the process, we’ll juxtapose two modes of writing that are not mutually exclusive but are often at odds with each other, both historically (within the industry) and aesthetically:  the well-established craft of three-act screenwriting, on the one hand, and the more elastic possibilities of the audio-visual medium as exemplified by the art film, on the other.  One class meeting per week.

Requisites:  Two classes from any of the following categories in any combination:  critical studies of film and media; film/video production; creative writing workshops (fiction or non-fiction); playwriting; photography or drawing courses.  Preference will be given to English, Film and Media Studies, and Art majors. Not open to first-year students.  Limited to 15 students.  Spring semester.  Visiting Lecturer Johnson.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to English, Film and Media Studies, and Art majors.


Writing attentive, Speaking attentive


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014