Department of English

Isaac B. Hopkins


MFA Playwriting, University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D. Student
Isaac B. Hopkins

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Interests


Transatlantic Drama, Performance and Coloniality, Early American South(s), Adaptation, and New Play Dramaturgy

Courses


CRW 315D • Playwriting I

34110 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM WIN 1.148
(also listed as T D 315)

Course Overview:

This course introduces students to the basic tools needed to generate and interrogate new plays. Through reflection on the qualities that make for engaging scripts, we will scrutinize our own ideas about what plays ARE or MUST DO in written form. We will read plays for their structures, for their stories, for their characters, images, etc. We will pick them apart and then piece them back together. We will ask ourselves, “How does this thing work?”

Playwriting is a craft.

We will focus on adopting skills and practicing techniques, which we will gather through various readings (scripts and otherwise) as well as our conversations together. Reading, writing, and responding will all function as a mutually-perpetuating cycle through which we will cultivate our aesthetic tastes. This course emphasizes feedback as a crucial element in that cycle, so we will take extra care to tend to our relationships with our classroom collaborators. Note: There is no correct way to write plays. There is only your way. But you will have to make your own map to get there. 

Course Objectives:

1. We will articulate a common language for analyzing playwriting craft.

2. We will read scripts, watch performances, respond, and discuss the techniques employed.

3. We will practice discipline in our own writing.

4. We will offer productive feedback.

5. We will invite generative scrutiny.

6. We will collaborate.

7. We will imagine.

8. *________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________

*This is, after all, a writing course. Much will depend on self-reflection. In large part, you will direct yourself toward what you (want to) (aim to) (need to) learn, so I ask that you compose at least one major personal objective. What is it that you want out of our time together?

CRW 315D • Playwriting I

34724 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM WIN B.202
(also listed as T D 315)

TD 315 Playwriting I

Unique: 34724

Instructor: Hopkins, Isaac

Meets: T and TH, 3:30-5pm, WIN B.202

This course introduces students to the basic tools needed to generate and interrogate new plays. Through reflection on the qualities that make for engaging scripts, we will scrutinize our own ideas about what plays ARE or MUST DO in written form. We will read plays for their structures, for their stories, for their characters, images, etc. We will pick them apart and then piece them back together. We will ask ourselves, “How does this thing work?”

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