This course will look at the screenplay as both a literary text and a blue print for production. Several classic screenplay texts will be critically analyzed (Rebel Without a Cause, Dr. Strangelove, Psycho, etc.) Students will then embark on writing their own scripts. We will intensively focus on: character enhancement, creating "believable" cinematic dialogue, plot development and story structure, conflict, pacing, dramatic foreshadowing, the element of surprise, text and subtext and visual story-telling. Class attendance is mandatory. Students will submit their works-in-progress to the workshop for discussion.