LITT07013 2017 Writing & Practice 3: Playwriting and Screenwriting
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.
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
Presentation - Directed reading
Portfolio of writing - samples of screenplay, stageplay, scene analysis, written assignments, reflective commentaries
Attendance and engagement with the class.
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
|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
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
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
Online Script Marketing
- Playwrights on Playwriting
- Aristotle. Poetics
- Aykbourn, Alan. The Crafty Art of Playmaking
- Brook, Peter. The Empty Space
- Egri, Lajos. The Art of Dramatic Writing
- Hagen, Uta. Respect for Acting
- Hatcher, Jeffrey. The Art and Craft of Playwriting
- Hauser, Frank and Reich, Russell. Notes on Directing
- Jones, Tom . Making Musicals
- Jones, Robert Edmond. The Dramatic Imagination
- Spencer, Stuart. Playwright's Guidebook
- Stanislavski, Constantin. Creating a Role
Room with HD Projector
Video camera and Zoom H6N