Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Write Action: Introduction to Dramatic Writing

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Creative Writing, Radio - Television - Film, Theater

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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.

    Autumn Semester:
    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.

    Spring Semester:
    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
    ? settings
    ? 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

    ? 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

Course Disclaimer

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