Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing
Area of Study
Radio/Television/Film, Theater, Writing Arts
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
The module introduces students to the craft of writing dramatic scripts for stage, screen
and radio. Through a series of practical exercises, writing tasks and feedback students
will become familiar with key principles of dramatic writing that apply across the three
forms. A refined sense of how 'conflict' and 'action' build suspense, tension, humour or
pathos; of how to create characters that draw the audience's empathy; of the
importance of 'subtext' and of how to harness the scenographic dimension through stage
directions and settings, all contribute to the craft of a successful dramatic writer.
Students examine the principles and skills employed in the creation of new writing for
the stage. They are set weekly creative tasks, building up a portfolio of short scripts.
Students explore how the general principles of playwriting are channelled into writing for
radio and screen. In the later part of the module, sessions involve group ?workshopping?
of students? individual scripts.
Overall, topics covered include:
? characterisation and character
? conflict and action
? dramatic structure and story
? text and subtext
? physical action and stage directions
? an understanding of how scenographic elements such as staging, lighting,
costume contribute to meaning and effect
? an understanding of playwriting as a collaborative activity that also
involves the creativity of directors, designers, performers and others
Semester 1: 2 hour weekly workshops
Semester 2: Tutor-led sessions
STUDY OPTION 1:
? 750 word Rationale (20%): outlining intentions and preparation for final
? Up to 2 pieces of dramatic writing (80%): total estimated performance time of 15
STUDY OPTION 2: 750 word rationale and 1 piece of dramatic writing for the stage.
STUDY OPTION 3: 2 pieces of dramatic writing for radio or screen
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.