Student Assigment: Crot #4

Coffee & Cigarettes Dialogue Assignment
by the inglishologist 

Coffee and Cigarettes is a compilation of vignettes woven into one overarching idea. Every scene includes a table, coffee and cigarettes, and two or more people somehow interacting with each other – engaging in small talk about coffee and cigarettes (in the midst of their conversations). Some people are trying to quit, some people try to convince others not to smoke, some people simply enjoy it, and some people argue that it doesn’t qualify as lunch. Everybody seems to have a take on the issue.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW
(keep scenes PG-13 - 1st draft due two weeks from today)

1) Write another variation of “cousins”, “twins”, or “doctors”. Your scene should incorporate a conflict between two or three characters, a reason for why they are interacting, at least one awkward moment, and some small talk pertaining to coffee and cigarettes. Your dialogue needs to be at least three pages, but try not to go over ten. Lastly, your scene should have at least five separate insertions of action, but try not to go over ten. For this exercise, simply [write the action] in brackets.

2) Write an entirely new scene for coffee and cigarettes. Your scene should incorporate a conflict between two or three characters, a reason for why they are interacting, at least one awkward moment, and some small talk pertaining to coffee and cigarettes. Your dialogue needs to be at least three pages, but try not to go over ten. Lastly, your scene should have at least five separate insertions of action, but try not to go over ten. For this exercise, simply [write the action] in brackets.

3) Write a scene in the same vein as “coffee and cigarettes”, but replace coffee and cigarettes with two new items for small talk. Your scene should incorporate a conflict between two or three characters, a reason for why they are interacting, at least one awkward moment, and some small talk pertaining to coffee and cigarettes. Your dialogue needs to be at least three pages, but try not to go over ten. Lastly, your scene should have at least five separate insertions of action, but try not to go over ten. For this exercise, simply [write the action] in brackets.

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