Tutor profile: Crista G.
At the core, what unifies and separates the different genre's of writing? (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting)
All genres are attempting to accomplish the same goal: Tell a story. Every story, in some way, should include these elements: Plot, Theme, Character, Setting, Narrative, and Dialogue. While every genre should find a way to incorporate all of these things to tell a story, each genre will focus on different elements to tell the story. Some examples: Fiction and Non fiction will most likely have a stronger focus on Narrative than Screenwriting and Playwriting. Poetry may not have a strong emphasis on Plot, but each poem may hone-in on one of the other elements (A theme, description of a setting, etc.) Screenwriting will most likely have a focus on visuals (such as Setting, Character, etc.) while Playwriting will most likely have an emphasis on more auditory elements to drive a plot (Dialogue, Character) Non-Fiction will most likely be very heavy in Narrative, since Dialogue is a little more difficult to "prove" with Non-Fiction (Did they actually say that?) While the above examples are good guidelines, these shouldn't become mandatory rules. Each story is unique, and all elements should be experimented with when telling a story.
Subject: Film and Theater
What makes theater more compelling that other art forms?
Theater has the ability to engage an audience on levels that other mediums cannot successfully accomplish simultaneously. During a show, all five senses can be engaged in a single scene, as we connect with characters on the stage through spoken word, movement, story, and spectacle. Within any good theater community, there is a place for anyone who wishes to express themselves creatively, and an ability to grow and learn.
What is the Communication cycle?
The Communication cycle starts with a "Sender" and their information is "Communicated" to a "Receiver" - The Receiver sends "Feedback" to the Communicator, and the cycle has potential to repeat as needed. Sender > Communication > Receiver > Feedback > Sender All Communication, at it's core, can be broken down into this cycle, and can be used to help determine if communication was effective.
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