20 credits at level HE4
As one of three introductory core modules for Creative Writing, the aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the basic principles in writing drama. Dramatic writing has its own conventions (some stories are well suited to drama, others are not) and its own particular requirements for presentation on the page (each medium - stage, screen and radio - is different in this respect). As drama is a collaborative art form (you can't do drama justice without a director, actors, designers etc.) you need to begin to learn to leave space for the talented people who will bring your words to life to exercise their own creativity. We want you to learn how to engage your audience's attention and hold on to it, and to begin to appreciate that in dramatic writing, as with the other literary arts, good writing is dependent on re-writing. You will also learn some key undergraduate skills in this module - including essay-writing skills.
You will be taught how to recognise and construct a dramatic story - including consideration of dramatic characters and what motivates them (desire). The specific nature of dramatic action (i.e action that drives the story - as opposed to simple physical action) will be examined.
As drama is presented in different physical media (each with its own demands, strengths and limitations), you will be given the opportunity to experiment in writing for stage, screen and radio, so that you start to build an appreciation of their similarities and differences.
You will also have the chance to develop some key undergraduate skills - essay writing; citation; avoiding plagiarism.
The learning, teaching and assessment in this module are designed to introduce you to the practices of playwriting professionals.
Face-to-face teaching time needs to be supplemented by your own study, and writing time. Wherever feasible, seminars and tutorials will be accompanied by online contributions.
12 x 2 hour classes (plus regular small group tutorials).
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be aware of formats for presenting drama for a particular medium.||Write three short pieces of drama (one each for stage, screen and radio) in layouts appropriate to the medium.|
|2.||apply basic dramatic principles to your creative writing.||Write three short pieces displaying dramatic imagination and craft appropriate to the medium.|
|3.||3.1 be able to recognise plagiarism and avoid it in your own work.
3.2 cite sources according to the numeric academic convention.
|provide written evidence of sources for your reflective, creative and undergraduate skills work.|
|4.||write reflectively on your learning experience as a student and writer.||write concise reflective pieces for your portfolio - commenting critically and analytically on your work and what you have learned in the module.|
|5.||apply logical structuring techniques to your discursive and reflective writing.||write reflective and discursive pieces for your reflective portfolio which show structured, purposeful thinking.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Portfolio of short creative pieces (one each for stage, screen and radio)||Portfolio of reflective, critical and undergraduate skills work.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Cooper, Pat and Todd Dancyger, Writing the Short Film, Butterworth- Heinemann, Newton (MA), 1994
Davies, Russell T., Queer as Folk: the scripts, Channel 4 books, Basingstoke and Oxford, 1999
Field, Syd, Thr Screenwriter's Workbook, Dell Publishing, New York, 1984
George, Kathleen, Playwriting: the first workshop, Focal Press, London, 1994.
MacLoughlin, Shaun, Writing for Radio, How to BooksLtd, Oxford, 2001
Roche, Billy, The Wexford Trilogy, Nick Hern Books, London, 2000
Zephaniah, Benjamin, Listen to Your Parents, BBC, London, 2004.
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