LITT07013 2017 Writing & Practice 3: Playwriting and Screenwriting

General Details

Full Title
Writing & Practice 3: Playwriting and Screenwriting
Transcript Title
Playwriting and Screenwriting
85 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
07 - NFQ Level 7
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Una Mannion, Rhona Trench
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature

This modules will examine writing for stage and screen during which students will build up a portfolio of their own original work. This module introduces learners to the craft and technique of playwriting and screen writing, including different approaches to dramatic writing, characterisation, story structure and dramatic language - and at the evolution of the main dramatic forms.



Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


demonstrate an understanding of the craft and technique of stage and screenwriting through the development of their own work;


Critically evaluate their own work and that of others;


Situate their work within the broad context of the respective media of theatre and cinema;


Understand the role of the writer in the professional context of both stage and screen;


Use the appropriate industry format and conventions associated with writing for both stage and screen;


Understand a range of approaches to genre;


Develop their own creative voice with a view to a realisation of their work for performance;


Develop skills in collaboration with other creative partners, directors, dramaturgs, designers and cast.


Demonstrate the necessary research for writing;

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A series of guided lectures will introduce students to the history and practice of the theatre and film industries.  The principal activity will be workshops where students will partipate in writing, editing and sharing their work.  Students will respond critically to their written work and that of others.  The students will be expected to write independently and engage in guided independent study.  We will have regular presentations from visiting industry professionals.   

Module Assessment Strategies

Weekly writing tasks
Critical/analytical tasks
Presentation - Directed reading
Portfolio of writing - samples of screenplay, stageplay, scene analysis, written assignments, reflective commentaries
Attendance and engagement with the class.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat attend.

Indicative Syllabus

Pitching and treatments for scripts.
Script analysis, discussion of characterisation, story lines, location, script realisation.
The role of the script writer in film and television.
Working with script editors and producers in film and television.
Defining a play.
Writing for performance - text and movement, sound, space.
Creative collaboration, working with others.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Attendance and engagement Continuous Assessment Assessment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
2 Mid Term readings Project Project 20 % Any 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
3 Portfolio of writing Project Project 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Flat Classroom Workshops 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Business Books

Adams, Max. The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide

Breimer, Stephen F. The Screenwriter's Legal Guide

De Abreu, Carlos and Smith, Howard Jay. Opening the Doors to Hollywood

Lennon, Thomas and Garant, Robert B.. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit


Books on Craft

The Dialogue

Egri, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing

Field, Syd. Four Screenplays

Field, Syd. Screenplay

Goldman, William. Adventures in the Screen Trade

Goldman, William. Which Lie Did I Tell?

Gotham Writers' Workshop. Writing Movies

Gulino, Paul. Screenwriting: Sequence Approach

Hauge, Michael. Writing Screenplays that Sell

Hitchcock, Alfred and Truffaut, Francois. Hitchcock/Truffaut

Mamet, David. On Directing Film

McKee, Robert. Story

Riley, Christopher. The Hollywood Standard

Seger, Linda. Making a Good Script Great

Snyder, Blake. Save the Cat

Trottier, David. The Screenwriter's Bible

Vogler, Christopher. Writer's Journey


Helpful Places

Ain't It Cool

All Movie Guide

AV Club

Box Office Mojo


Done Deal

Film Festivals

Film Site

Filmmaker IQ

Filmmaking Net



Internet Movie Database

John August


No Film School

Rotten Tomatoes

Screenwriters Utopia

Script Pipeline

Sundance Institute

The Blacklist

The Launch Pad

They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

Variety Insight

Who Represents


Writer's Store

Online Script Marketing



Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

American Film Institute

Directors Guild

Producers Guild

Writers Guild of America


Daily Script

Drew's Script-O-Rama

Internet Movie Script Database

Script City



Final Draft




Other Resources

Room with HD Projector
Video camera and Zoom H6N