Writing 4 completes the writer’s toolkit with advanced skills for achieving strong point-of-view and applying scenic writing skills to custom writing opportunities. Writing 4 is a culmination of the skills acquired through The Second City Writing Program. It is with this class that a student will be prepared to move into the final levels which focus on writing an actual Second City-style revue for an actual cast. Students are challenged to heighten their jokes while deepening their satiric point of view. Songwriting and other theatrical conventions are explored. At the end of the term, students apply their skills to typical Second City writing challenges in adapting material for special audiences. Additionally, students gain a greater understanding of writing opportunities available at The Second City. Students in Writing 4 focus greatly on writing to need. Class time will be used on writing with a partner, rewriting, writing towards specifics projects, joke construction, and heightening. Writing 4 meets once a week for three hours over an eight week term. There is no performance associated with Writing 4; however, in week 8 there is an in-class reading of material. Please note that admittance into Writing 5 is based on acceptance of a writing submission from Writing 4. Submissions are due in week 4. This submission should be a new scene, and should not be revised as part of in-class work.