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Scriptwriting Workshop 2: Writing for the Contemporary Stage

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6

Module description

On this module you will further develop your skills as a writer of drama and explore some of the specific skills necessary for writing for contemporary stages. You will interact regularly with fellow playwrights, developing skills in self-evaluation and constructive analysis of the work of others as well as benefiting from peer/lecturer feedback. You will develop skills in editing and revising your own writing, as well as an awareness of the industry-standard expectations for the presentation of work performance texts.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness and control of the elements of writing drama for contemporary theatre
  • discuss and evaluate the work of fellow students and established writers in relation to elements of craft
  • interpret, self-evaluate and communicate constructive feedback
  • maintain a regular writing habit and produce more effective dramatic work for contemporary theatre independently
  • understand sources of inspiration and creativity
  • use language more confidently, precisely and imaginatively
  • experiment with style and new forms and use those forms expressively and meaningfully
  • display confidence and fluency in your own writing
  • solve craft-related problems in your creative work
  • implement the practice of redrafting and editing
  • sustain and evaluate a work-in-progress
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of writing for performance with contemporary contexts
  • begin to develop the ability to edit and revise, to apply technique and critical analysis to the development of a piece of dramatic writing
  • work more efficiently and constructively within a group to critique work
  • respond more effectively to the work of others; to participate in workshop or small group discussion by listening and contributing ideas in a sensitive and informed manner
  • complete a 7000-word, 40-minute play which will be of benefit in subsequent applications to higher-level creative writing programmes, professional opportunities, writing of a further full-length work and in the pursuit of production.