Courses: Fall 2020
All CWL courses 4 credits unless noted otherwise. FLM courses 2-3 credits.
NB: Fall semester begins Monday, August 24. Classes are not in session on Monday, September 7, Labor Day. Fall break is Monday, October 12-13. Thanksgiving break is: Wednesday, November 25 – Sunday, November 29. Last day of Saturday classes is Saturday, December 5. Last day of M-F classes is Monday, December 7.
Stony Brook Southampton: Chancellors Hall or Carriage House (Technology Center)
239 Montauk Highway; Southampton, New York 11963
This course will be a Whitman’s Sampler of approaches to writing the contemporary essay. We will read and discuss personal essays—about the body, identity, illness, trauma, history, and travel—as well as essays that make use of innovative forms, such as lyric essays, list essays, braided essays, collage essays, collaborative essays, graphic essays, and essays in disguise (hermit crab essays). Expect to read and discuss two to three essays a week, to write mimetic responses weekly, and, by the end of the term, to develop two of your responses into full-length essays—one traditional, one experimental. You’ll also produce an informal, semester-long meditation on The Essay—what it is, what it does, how it does it. Authors include: Durga Chew-Bose, Jabari Asim, Ross Gay, Han Kang, Phoebe Robinson, Thomas Glave, Carole Maso, Esmé Weijun Wang, Gwendolyn Wallace, Robert Lopez, Torrey Peters, Ben Fountain, Jericho Parms, Kai Minosh Pyle, Maia Kobabe, Art Spiegelman, Shailja Patel, Eula Biss, Claudia Rankine, Anne Carson, Diane Glancy, Alexander Chee, and more.
Stony Brook Manhattan
535 8th Avenue between 36 & 37th Streets, 5th floor
CWL 540.S60 (Class #93501) Whose Life is it Anyway? The memoir considered in full,
Tuesdays, 5:20 – 8:10 pm, 4 cr.
In this class, we'll focus on you as the main character, but also take a look at how the supporting characters are portrayed. We'll talk about the practicalities and ethics of writing about the lives of others as you write about your own life. We'll read work by Tara Westover, Jeannette Winterson, Tobias Wolff, and others to see how they handled these questions. And we'll workshop your memoirs-in-progress in a helpful, constructive manner.
FILM AND TV COURSES OPEN TO CWL STUDENTs
NB: Please submit a course substitution form for FLM courses in order that they can be credited toward fulfilling CWL requirements. FLM courses are 2‐3 credits, so additional course, practicum, or independent study may be necessary to complete the degree credit requirements.
FLM 525.S65 (Class #93514) Topics in Film: TV Guest Series -
Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm, 1 cr.
A moderated guest series featuring in-depth discussions with TV writers and producers about their scripts, series and careers. Meets six times during the Fall semester.
FLM 526.S60 (Class #95618) Topics in TV Writing, Scott Burkhardt
Mondays, 5:20-8:10 pm, 3 cr.
Students learn how to write a spec script or pilot. A “spec” is a script for a TV show that is currently on the air where the writer creates original stories for a show’s existing characters. Students will learn how to brainstorm story ideas, structure an outline and write scenes with dialogue, all in a constructive, supportive workshop atmosphere. The class covers both half-hour comedies and one-hour dramas. In addition, the class will watch, deconstruct and discuss a wide variety of TV shows in order to better understand how a successful episode is built. All the basics of TV writing are covered and the workshop is designed to closely mirror a professional writers room on a prime-time series.
FLM 652.S60 (Class #93546)
Advanced Screenwriting, Jennie Allen
Days TBD, 3 cr.
This is an intensive, catchall writing workshop designed to help students as they start, finish, or revise short film scripts and/or feature length screenplays. Classes will be devoted to workshopping student ideas and scripts. Students must come in with clear goals for the semester. These goals must be approved by the instructor. In workshop we will consider emotional impact, visual storytelling force, dramatic structure, character, story arcs, scene construction, pacing, embedded values, the creation of meaning - or “What are we left with at the end?,” and all other aspects of screenwriting. You must present your work in class and be engaged with the work of your classmates. We may read produced screenplays to support and deepen our understanding of how these stories work on us.
Screenwriting Workshop II , Lenny
Wednesdays, 5:20-8:10 pm, 3 cr.
This course will build on introductory screenwriting skills and elements. It will offer a more intensive study of the screenwriting craft especially character, scene construction, scene sequence/juxtaposition and dialogue. Rigorous class sessions will consist of group readings and open critiques. The objective of this course will be to structure and write or rewrite a full-length feature screenplay. Intermediate to Advanced Screenwriters. Prerequisite: Screenwriting I, the first act of a screenplay, or instructor’s permission.