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Creative Writing: Playwriting

Level 5 (15 credits)

This module introduces you to practices and theories of playwriting. It develops fundamental playwriting skills and, by reflecting on your own work and that of others, explores different ways of writing for the stage. You will be introduced to a range of stage practices and techniques, as well as to a dramaturgical vocabulary that will help make sense of them. Throughout the module you will build up a portfolio of your own stage writing and, in the process, investigate different possible forms that playwriting might take.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

There is no set advance preparation for this module, but students are encouraged to read as many play texts as they can (in addition to the set weekly reading) both before and during the module. 

Students taking this module will be expected to purchase theatre tickets totalling approximately £30 - these will be for assigned performance visits, and details will be provided in class. 

Why take
Creative Writing: Playwriting

  • Students will engage with a range of playwriting practices, methods and approaches.
  • You'll have the chance to develop your own writing, hear it read/performed by other students, and develop your own creative voice.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester Two
  1. Written assignment 1 (1200 words), 30%
  2. Portfolio (15-20 mins), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard