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Playwriting Workshop

July 14, 2017

Bragen, Andy
Playwriting Workshop and Playwriting Lab

May not be the best at writing his own plays, but damn, the guy can teach. He keeps the class small (priority to majors and older folks) and he dedicates time to each student and their work. You will be a better writer after your time with him. He limits the number of people who take both his courses, especially consecutively, as he likes you to get a larger array of perspectives from other professors. That said, the two courses are just different enough that you can take them and get something out of both. He's easily one of my favorites.

Workload:

Write a play 25-50 pages long and also some writing excercises and light reading/questions about reading.

January 01, 2007

Flint, Austin
Playwriting Workshop

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

It's pretty straightforward: If you suck, Austin will let you know. In the nicest way possible and with eternal cheer and smiles. But he won't let you get away with shitty writing, which basically every other professor in the department will. The bitching below, I suspect, comes from shitty writers.

Take Austin's class. He's an old pro, he knows his shit, and he will make a good writer a better one. Don't be afraid.

December 11, 2005

Flint, Austin
Playwriting Workshop

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Austin is a horrible teacher. He allows a negative energy to permeate the classroom and students are reluctant to submit work. When I took the class attendance was never greater than 2/3 because no one wanted to be in this classroom. Work was only completed half of the time, leaving us with nothing to workshop and instead doing exercises. Austin seemed only mildly interested in allowing students to comment and the slightest tangent could send him into a minutes long story about himself.

The biggest critique is, again, the negative energy he allows into the classroom.

I did not improve as a writer because of anything that happened in this class.

Workload:

30-40 pages due at end of semester. Submit to workshop basically whenever you feel like it.

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