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January 05, 2009

Playwriting Injustice!

Playwriting is a separate form of writing than screenwriting, and one that I really appreciate. Last quarter I took a one act play class, which was part 1 of a 3 class trilogy. I, along with 3 other screenwriters, was all fired up to take part 2 starting today. We had already talked to the instructor, and while he seemed a little intimidated by the number of writers, he said he would see us during the first class.

Today, we sit down and he starts the class by saying, "OK, all the screenwriters have to leave. You can't take this class." We laughed because it sounded like a joke.

It wasn't!

He said he had to limit the class to the 3 playwriting MFA's along with ONE SCREENWRITING STUDENT who he knew since she was younger so he was making an exception for her. He didn't want to take the time to read all of our plays. Now bear in mind that this would be eight people and we'd be writing the first act of a play, so around 30-40 pages. Now exactly overwhelming. Our screenwriting teachers read a full length screenplay from 8 student, that's 100-120 pages!

Very disheartening. And when I make my millions and look for a UCLA department to donate to, Theater will not be high on the list.

Posted by jason on January 5, 2009 11:11 PM


How very frustrating, Jase! So was this first class you and the others took just a waste of your time and money, then? Is there no way to redeem this?

Posted by: kathiek on January 6, 2009 07:53 AM

This is crazy, Jase! So sorry this happened! No recourse?

Posted by: Mom on January 6, 2009 08:10 AM

That stinks!

Posted by: Collin on January 6, 2009 10:25 AM

Since when did Brett start teaching at UCLA?

Posted by: SnakeMan on January 6, 2009 12:32 PM

this is one of those situations where any recourse would result in, at best, a bad situation. So we force him to take us in somehow... now we have a teacher who doesn't want us there. Great!

Posted by: jason on January 6, 2009 01:56 PM

so does that mean you are down some credits you were counting on this semester?

Posted by: Jessica on January 7, 2009 12:04 AM

Here at UCLA credits are like monopoly money or points in Whose Line is it Anyway... they really don't matter at all.

Posted by: jason on January 7, 2009 12:05 AM

It seems like so much unfair stuff is happening lately. Especially to people I love.

Posted by: mers on January 7, 2009 03:36 PM

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