Class will meet for 8 weeks, but not consecutively. Class Dates are: Sep. 8, 15, 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 8 You’ve got a story to tell, and you just know it’s destined to be a success on stage or screen. But, before the actors utter a word, before auditions are held, before the director or designers even begin to think about the production, you’ve got to complete the crucial first step — writing the script. This class will guide you in the art of crafting a script that is artistically, commercially, and technically producible. Among the topics to be covered are: the essence of drama; creating believable and interesting characters; structuring the plot; creating compelling dramatic action; the proper script format; and adapting a stage play to or from a screenplay. The class will also cover important legal aspects of the business that every writer should know. As part of the class, each student will be guided in the creation of a short play that will then be performed as a reading by actors in the final class. INSTRUCTOR BIO: RICH AMADA is an award-winning dramatist and Emmy-winning former TV journalist. His plays have been produced around the country, including in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Maryland; Florida; and Arizona. Currently one of the two D.C./Baltimore Regional Representatives of the Dramatists Guild, Rich has also been a member of the professional writers’ section of D.C.’s Playwrights Forum and twice president of Tucson’s Old Pueblo Playwrights. Among his eight playwriting awards are a Playwriting Fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and an Individual Artist Award in Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council. Rich also directs and acts. Additionally, he is an attorney whose practice includes counseling and representing people in the arts.