Advanced Script

Subject CWRI40002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2011.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2
Total Time Commitment: 120
Prerequisites: Admission to the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) honours, postgraduate diploma (creative writing), or the Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students who have previously completed 106-421 Scripts Wanted: Any Medium are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Eddie Patterson

Subject Overview:

In this subject each student will write and craft either a theatre playscript, a radio play, or film/TV script. The student will decide on the particular medium early in the semester during the workshopping process. Scripts will be developed to professional workshopping standard. This is a workshop subject and will focus on teaching students to understand their own creative processes, generate and craft their material, and develop skills of writing performative language. These skills will be developed through writing exercises, discussion, study of material in the subject reader and particularly through feedback to students presenting their work.


Students completing this subject will:

  • appreciate the creative and critical thinking, the research and the writing and crafting skills, involved in producing a script to professional production (or professional workshopping) standard;
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to re-conceptualise and rewrite from feedback and workshopping;
  • strengthen and deepen cooperation and collaboration skills through workshopping;
  • gain a better understanding of the history and culture of theatre/performance locally, nationally and internationally in order to contextualise their own work; and
  • gain a realistic understanding of professional production possibilities, funding bodies and funding options.
Assessment: A 30-minute script equivalent to 4000 words developed to professional workshopping standard plus a 500-word plot outline 80% (to be submitted at the end of the semester), a 500 word review of a theatre production, performance, radio or film 10% (to be submitted at the end of the semester), attendance and participation in the workshops 10%. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • develop public speaking skills through extensive presentation of work-in-progress during workshops and in public presentation;
  • develop and expand understanding of, and access to, creative processes and abilities in a focused and confident way;
  • demonstrate an ability to use research and theoretical material practically, conceptually and creatively; and
  • gain an understanding of the effects of gender, indigeneiety and ethnicity and the ways in which they relate to social, ethical and cultural contexts and thus gain practical insights into the politics of representation.
Related Course(s): Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing

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