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

The most important preparation you can do for this module is to read, and watch, as many plays as you can before and during your studies. The Drama Online catalogue contains thousands of play texts - it's recommended that you read widely from both new and older plays. 

You will be asked to purchase theatre tickets totalling no more than £20 for this module. 

Why take
Creative Writing: Playwriting

  • You'll 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.
  • You'll have several practical workshops with award winning playwrights, who will share their creative process and their tips for getting your work on stage.
Learning Context Seminar-based
Semester Two
  1. Written assignment 1 (1200 words), 30%
  2. Portfolio (15-20 mins), 70%
Mode of reassessment Standard