Centennial’s newest English course in 2019 – Dramatic Writing

You don't have to apply to take the class

Logan Busbee, Staff Writer

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Every English course involves writing, but they tend to be very specific and teacher-driven, such as being in MLA or APA format, never letting students fully write what they want.

However, in 2019-20, Centennial’s newest English class, Dramatic Writing, will allow students to express their creativity much more. The Accolade talked to English teacher Allison Scenna to find out more information about the upcoming class. Dramatic Writing is a year-long core 12th grade English class that gives students a chance to learn about different types of dramatic writing, such as plays, and movie and TV scripts.

The first semester will focus on bringing students back to creative writing and play writing, while the second semester will focus on movie TV script writing. This class also will help students who want to pursue any creative writing in the humanities, English, journalism, and even advertising and marketing.

The class workload will be hefty, as students will have to write almost every day. However, the writing will be from students’ personal experiences, in addition to things they create themselves. So while there will be a large workload, it won’t be stressful or mind-numbing. Instead, this class will encourage students to love the writing process as they create authentic stories they want to tell.

“I hope that it rekindles what it means to be a writer, instead of just doing something for homework.” Scenna said.

This course will introduce a novel way of writing, because the first six weeks will focus on removing analysis from writing, and focus back on creativity in writing. This is to help students strip back the formatted research paper style of writing so that they can more truly express their ideas through writing. By the end of the class students will be able to write creatively, while also learning to write in the industry standard style – for movies, TV or plays.

The Dramatic Writing course already has over 50 students interested in taking the course. If you are interested, add the course to your list when you’re choosing classes later this semester – you do not have to apply to take the class.

Scenna said the course has potential for collaborating with other classes. “We are hoping to, in the future, work with Mr. Beuchner [A-V Tech] and Ms. Howard [drama] on the production aspects too,” Scenna said. “Eventually, we can maybe even with Mr. Buechner produce some of these short pieces, which would be such an incredible journey for a student to go on: from inception to writing, to acting to producing, and then seeing it live.”