Playwriting and Screenwriting for Middle School Students

Our private playwriting and screenwriting programs offer students the opportunity to explore the fundamental elements of a script, including character, action, dialogue, and transition. Your child and his or her tutor may review classic and contemporary plays and screenplays, both to evaluate the writer’s techniques and to inspire your child’s own creative process. Throughout the course, the instructor will offer feedback and encouragement as your child writes his or her own script.

The playwriting and screenwriting programs have three main goals:

  1. Educate the student in the proper use of playwriting and screenwriting devices like parentheticals, extensions, shots, or stage directions.
  2. Teach the student to identify the qualities of a good play or screenplay and to incorporate these qualities into his or her own work.
  3. Help the student create one or more finished scripts.

An independent program in playwriting or screenwriting with a private instructor is a fantastic way to keep students intellectually engaged in an extracurricular activity during the school year, and our courses are ideally suited for the extra free time students have during vacation. A typical program involves one 60-90 minute session per week, with observation and writing assignments for the student to complete independently and discuss at the following session. In addition to short exercises targeting different elements of the craft, the student will begin drafting (and extensively revising) several short scripts or one long script. Because our writing instructors have professional screenwriting and playwriting experience themselves, they’re able to guide your child through the complete process—from first draft to production. Your child’s tutor can also offer professional advice about the theater and film industries.

Our Playwriting and Screenwriting Instructors:
Our team of playwriting and screenwriting instructors includes the tutors below. Click on the instructor’s short profile to access his or her full profile:

Katrina G.-S., M.A.
Katrina G.-S., M.A.

Boston University, MA, Earhart Fellow in Journalism & Sociology
Boston College, BA in Theater Arts

Summary of Experience

Katrina’s travel essays have been published by NPR, National Geographic, The Christian Science Monitor, and CNN-go, among others. Her children’s book, Ma, The Search for Silence, is forthcoming from Little, Brown, and Company in 2013. She taught writing at the prestigious Kikokushijo Academy in Tokyo, where she was also a TV Journalist and Producer for NHK- World, and for Atraves in Nicaragua.

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