Storytelling Workshop

Subject FLTV70041 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 35
Total Time Commitment:

108 Hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Ms Sandra Sciberras


Faculty of the VCA and Music Student Centre
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This workshop examines some of the elements that constitute universal principles of effective storytelling. Students are required to write short prose or script format exercises which are shared with the class and discussed. Emphasis is put on examining how an audience’s engagement is impacted by a writer’s creative choices in areas such as point of view, narrative structure, authentic detail and content. Much attention is also paid to word craft. Students practice the skills of precise, economical and evocative writing, as required by the screen media.


This subject will enable students to:
• gain understanding of key elements of effective storytelling;
• develop skills to conceive and write compelling short narratives;
• comprehend the need for and begin to develop a concise and evocative writing style;
• develop skills in analysing what makes a story effective to an audience.


Two short storytelling exercises. 1500 word equivalent (2 x 20%)
Short Script 1500 word equivalent (50%)
Workshop Participation (10%)

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will have:
• confidence in presenting work to a group;
• analysis and peer feedback;
• enhanced critical listening skills;
• effective writing style.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Screenwriting

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