Guided Writing Project - TFT00064M

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  • Department: Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Lisa Peschel
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module summary

This four-week intensive module (6 hours per week of contact time) enables you to build on the basic writing-and-development skills learned in Playwriting for the Marketplace and on your exploration of a variety of modes of writing in Form and Realisation by working directly with professional writers. While the other modules will be taught by academic staff members with specialisms in playwriting, this module will be delivered in partnership with a professional playwright or playwrights. The Programme Leader will each year establish a thematically cohesive sequence of practitioner visits: for example, one writer in residence for four weeks, or two writers for two weeks each.  You will work toward a longer piece of writing (5000-6000 words) or a portfolio of shorter works totalling that length. Workshop sessions will be timetabled so that students can continue to develop their work outside of taught sessions. You will have the option of presenting your work from this module in the departmental theatre festival to be held at the end of the summer term.

Professional requirements

N/A

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • to provide you with the opportunity to work with professional writers and make contacts in the industry  
  • to enable you to gain from their first-hand experience, to enhance both your writing ability and your ability to engage in new play development processes  
  • to expose you to different working and teaching methods that will make you a more flexible writer and practitioner

 

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you will be expected:

  •  to have engaged with visiting writers to gain from their experience both as dramatists and as professionals in the industry
  •  to have developed further work(s) to include in your portfolio of dramatic writing.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
6000 word script
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
6000 word script
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written feedback on their summative work within the 20-working day University feedback policy, with an option of an individual follow-up meeting if any aspect of the feedback is unclear to the student or if more guidance on interpreting the feedback is requested.

Indicative reading

Ball, David.  Backwards and Forwards:  A Technical Manual for Reading Plays.  Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1983.

Cole, Toby. Playwrights on Playwriting: The Making of Modern Drama from Ibsen to Ionesco. New York: Hill & Wang, 1961.

Goode, Chris. The Forest and the Field: Changing Theatre in a Changing World. London: Oberon, 2014.

Jester, Caroline, and Caridad Svich (eds.). Fifty Playwrights on their Craft. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

Tichler, Rosemarie, and Barry Jay Kaplan. The Playwright at Work. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2012.

Sweet, Jeffrey. What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017.



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.