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NM2701 - Writing for Stage and Screen

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts

Available to All Students

This subject introduces the student to the specifics of writing for the performance space and provides students with an understanding of live performance writing. Students participate in a series of writing exercises that lead to the creation of short scenes that typify a range of performance situations. Studies scrutinise the use of sound and image in the making of performance text and analyse the role of dramaturgy in giving shape to non-linear and linear narrative. Students will work in ensemble groups as writer, director and/or performer to present performed readings in-house.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop fundamental skills in writing for performance;
  • develop an understanding of the dimensions of stagecraft and theatricalisation for performance developing a personal methodology for performance writing;
  • apply fundamental techniques learned towards the realisation of a performance text;
  • develop an understanding of the reciprocal roles of playwright, performer, director, designer and audience within an historical/contemporary context.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: presentations (20%); one writing project (40%); performance reading (20%); writing exercises (20%).

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