FTH1100EN - Intro to Scriptwriting

Course description

Exploring the structural components of scriptwriting to include format, theme, plot and character development, as well as writing techniques and strategies. Students also examine, discuss, and critique their own work and that of fellow classmates' through the lens of Aristotle's six key elements and various precepts and principles learned in the class.

How this course benefits students

Markets have expanded in stage and film for faith-based material, opening up doors for those with a biblical worldview to find exciting venues for sharing their message of faith and hope. Students with an academic background in writing for stage and screen are better equipped to meet this growing demand and ministry opportunity.

Why this course is important

Story-telling continues to be the most powerful form of communication available. It is imperative that we learn to tell our faith-based stories through mediums that are reaching deep into culture. As performance venues (stage, podcast, radio and film) continue to be dominant story formats in culture, Christians need to be trained in how to effectively write stories that are performative.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Film & Theatre Studies
Educational level
Arts Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Dawn Schluetz, Senior Professor of Dramatic Composition

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Proposing that the Bible is the greatest story ever told and that it is a performance set on the stage of Creation. It goes beyond oral storytelling to written Word and is transformed once again to a living performance within in the lives of God's people.

Missionally driven

Playwrights have access to a much larger audience through stage and film for sharing a Judeo-Christian worldview.

Contextually informed

Playwrights take the cultural context into view as they design their writing projects.

Interculturally focused

Students are exposed to cross-cultural writing projects for critique and analysis.

Practically minded

The finished project for this class is a completed podcast series that incorporates the techniques of story-telling inherent in performance based script writing.

Experientially transformed

Students are led through the creative process of writing from inception to finished product and are extensively involved in the development of classmates' scripts.