In the Outlining Lab, you will be lead step-by-step through the process of developing a musical idea from concept through to a working outline, with detailed constructive feedback along the way from your evaluator. By the end of this ten-unit course, you should have a well-developed and detailed outline that will solidly prepare you for the collaborative task of writing your new musical.
Topics covered include:
Six Steps to an Outline Conflict; 3-Phrase Beginning/Middle/End; 20 Questions for your Outline; Premise; Language of an Outline; Swill & Rough Drafts; Dealing with Feedback; The Outline; Pitch and Synopsis; Revisions; One-Liner; Logline
An outline can be an invaluable writer’s tool for clarifying the structure and story arc of a musical idea. It can then serve as a blueprint for the rough draft that the collaborators will use to develop the new musical. Writers who skip this important step in the development process are likely to find themselves bogged down with a partially written new show that is riddled with logical inconsistencies, and does not compellingly deliver the intentions of the creative team. Don’t start writing until your outline is rock solid!