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Course title in Estonian
Dramaturgia alused
Course title in English
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
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lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
Michael Andrew Keerdo-Dawson (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Students gain an understanding of the fundamentals of storytelling.
Brief description of the course
The course begins with comparative analysis of stories in order to determine what they have in common, what is needed to tell a story.
Two sessions focus on plot; two on character: what is a character, how to analyse and create one.
Two sessions focus on conflict: what is conflict, types of conflict, how conflict works.
We will discuss, premise, structure, theme, emotion, genre, and how to break the rules successfully.
The course uses film analysis, and creative exercises, to help students gain an understanding of how stories work.
Independent work
Independent work will include writing a guided journal and creating their own piece of prose as well as essays and analyses of various films, utilising what has been taught in class.
Learning outcomes in the course
Students will be equipped to engage in creative writing and will be better able to create new ideas from scratch.
Assessment methods
The grade will consist of examination (50%) and course work (50%).
Michael Keerdo-Dawson
Study literature
Replacement literature
Rowan Bayne, The Counsellor’s Guide to Personality (2013, Palgrave Macmillan)
Christopher Booker, The Seven Basic Plots (2004, Continuum)
Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949, Fontana Press)
Lajos Egri, The Art of Dramatic Writing (1942, Simon & Schuster)
David Howard, Edward Mabley The Tools of Screenwriting (1993, St. Martin’s Griffin)
Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel (1968, Faber and Faber Limited)
Robert McKee, Story (1998, Mathuen)
Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan, Narrative Fiction Contemporary Poetics (1983, Routledge) Martin Esslin, An Anatomy of Drama (1978, Abacus)