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05/16/08 - Tyler

UT Tyler Creative Writing Class Becomes Published Playwrights

A one-act play written by a creative writing class at The University of Texas at Tyler has been selected as a top winner in an annual competition sponsored by the Tyler Civic Theater Center.

The screenplay, along with four other scripts chosen, will be read at the third annual New Play Festival to be held at the Rogers Children's Theater June 14. The spring 2008 English 3314 class wrote "The Bathroom Window," which began not as a screenplay, but a weekly free writing assignment.

"The students began each Wednesday night's class with 15 minutes of free writing," said Dr. Dana Adams, UT Tyler senior lecturer in English, who taught the course. "They edited it during the week and turned it in the following Wednesday night. One prompt was a photo of a bathroom I ripped out of a magazine and copied for each student. The writing assignment was to appeal to as many senses as feasible, and the writing was so good I asked them to add characters."  

Adams then received an invitation to enter a work in the civic theater center's "Seeking a Good Story, Well Told" competition.

"I explained to the students that their writing would now be a play and we would push to make the competition deadline," Adams explained. "We divided into groups and created conflict, more setting and additional details of characterization. The students named the characters, and we were on our way."

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