Creative Writing I. 1

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207TPA1 ZK 4 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will be able to analyse contemporary theatre writings, is acquainted with various original approaches. Based on the method selected, the student will be able to create a short theatre writing and then edit it during the rehearsal process.

Mode of study

Attended - classes.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Literary-Drama talent, previous experience with literary or drama creation, stylistic dexterity, excellent knowledge of the Czech language, ability to distinguish and use various levels of language; registration must be approved by the instructor.

Course contents

The basic axis of the two-semester course is working one one's theatre writing. In the first semester this is individual sequences which is worked on in groups based on individual preparations. In the second semester this is individual work on a single-act play. The students manage this, research a number of original approaches to contemporary dramatis (from classic drama structure through partial deconstruction of that structure to post-dramatic techniques). Students also devote themselves to a particular type of writing such as verbatim or documentary theatre. They learn to work with researchers or write based on improvisations with an acting group. Particular attention is devoted to close interweavings. The result of the classes are individual phases confirmed through stage readings with the participation of acting, directing and dramaturgy students.

Students use knowledge and skills acquired and developed in other required and elective courses (Drama and Dramatization, Theatre on the Edge of Speech, Literary Aesthetics, etc.). This course is supplemented with several-day workshops by external foreign instructors that serve as an introduction to their creative approaches and comparison of adopted skills with other method approaches.

Recommended or required reading

Avantgarde und Postmoderne. Prozesse struktureller und funktioneller Veränderungen. Erika Fischer-Lichte - Klaus Schwind (ed.). Tübingen, 1991.ISBN 3-923721-49-8.

BAKER, George Pierce. 1919. Dramatic Technique. Kessinger Publishing, 2005, ISBN 9780766195776

Das Drama nach dem Drama. Artur Pełka - Stefan Tigges (ed.). Bielefeld, 2011. ISBN 978-3-8376-1488-6.

Dramatische Transformationen. Zu gegenwärtigen Schreib - und Aufführungsstrategien im deutschsprachigen Theater. Stefan Tigges (ed.). Bielefeld, 2008. ISBN 978-3-89942-512-3.

Dramenpoetik 2007. Einblicke in die Herstellung des Theatertextes. Birgit Haas (ed.). Hildesheim, 2009. ISBN 978-3-487-13926-5.

ESSLIN, Martin. 1977. An Anatomy of Drama. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780809005505

ESSLIN, Martin. 1978. Was ist ein Drama? Eine Einführung. München,1978. ISBN 3-15-017645-X

FOUNTAIN, Tim: So You Want to be a Playwright?. London, 2007. ISBN 9781854597168

HORNBY, Richard. 1986. Drama, Metadrama and Perception. Lewisburg, 1986. ISBN 0-8387-5101-6

HOŘÍNEK, Zdeněk: Cesty moderního dramatu. Praha, 1995. ISBN 80-9000-66-8.X.

LEHMANN, Hans-Thies: Postdramatické divadlo. Bratislava, 2007. ISBN 978-80-88987-81-9.

LEHMANN, Hans-Thies. Just a word on a page and there is the drama. Anmerkungen zum Text im postdramatischen Theater. In Theater fürs 21. Jahrhundert. Heinz Ludwig Arnold (ed.). München, 2004, s. 26?33. ISBN 3-88377-769-2. ISSN 0935-2929.

NEIPRIS, Janet: To be a Playwright. Routledge, 2005. ISBN 9780878301881

PFISTER, Manfred. 2001. Das Drama. München: Fink, 2001 [1977]. ISBN 9783706903530.

POSCHMANN, Gerta. 1997. Der nicht mehr dramatische Theatertext. Tübingen, 1997. ISBN 3-484-66022-8.

SZONDI, Peter: Teória modernej drámy. Bratislava, 1969.

TOSCAN, Richard: Playwriting Seminars 2.0. Richard Toscan, 2012, ISBN: 9780615608211

STEGEMANN, Bernd. Was kommt nach der Postdramatik? Theater heute.10/2008, s. 7-21.

VELTRUSKÝ, Jiří: Drama jako básnické dílo. Brno, 1999. ISBN 80-86055-60-4.

Vom Drama zum Theatertext? Zur Situation der Dramatik in Ländern Mitteleuropas. Hans-Peter Bayerdörfer (ed.). Tübingen, 2007. ISBN 978-3-484-66052-6.

WRIGHT, Michael: Playwriting in Process: Thinking and Working Theatrically. Heinemann, 1997. ISBN: 80435070342

Additional readings are assigned individually according to the topic and genre of the work selected.

Assessment methods and criteria

85% attendance and work in class, completion of all assignments, on-time submission of partial writings.

Further information

This course is an elective for all AMU students

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room S410
Učebna S410 (DAMU)

(Karlova 26, Praha 1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 17:00–18:30 Roman SIKORA Učebna S410 (DAMU)
Karlova 26, Praha 1

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans