Script for Performance

Subject CWRI20006 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5-hour workshop per week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total expected time commitment is 102-hours across the semester, including class time.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

106-105/CWRI10001 Creative Writing Ideas and Practice

Non Allowed Subjects:

106-091 Writing for Performance; 106-236 Script for Performance

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. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Eddie Paterson

Subject Overview:

This subject introduces students to writing for performance. It aims to give students the opportunity to experiment with the performance potential of their writing. Through discussions on performance studies, aspects of performance writing and practice, and in workshops, students will explore the range of skills involved in writing for performance and develop their own work for performance. This subject is highly recommended for students who are planning to take Advanced Screenwriting and/or Writing for Theatre in the 3rd year of their studies.


On completion of the subject students should have:

  • the ablity to demonstrate a heightened sense of the performative potential of all writing;
  • the ability to demonstrate in the writing and performance of their own texts a range of skills and strategies for making writing an event in the performance space;
  • gained an appreciation of contemporary performance practices;
  • gained experience writing and performing their own work - through workshopping and through the public presentation of their work as an 8 minute performance/reading to the rest of the cohort.

Attendance and participation in workshops 10%; a 3-minute (approximately 600 word) work-in-progress script, to be workshopped in class during semester 15%; a 5-minute solo performance/reading (equivalent to 1000 words) to be delivered in the final week of classes 20%; a 2000 word script 40% due in the examination period, and a 400 word reflective introduction to the final script 15%, submitted with the script. This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance and regular participation in tutorials. Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject will:

  • be able to access their own creativity generally and how to apply/focus it towards a particular objective (writing a performance script) and to better understand their own creative process/processes;
  • be able to use theoretical research/material to develop and challenge themselves intellectually and creatively and to develop and heighten self-awareness;
  • acquire interpersonal skills of communication, collaboration and co-operation through attention to active listening, giving and receiving feedback etc. and how to reconceptualise and rewrite from feedback;
  • learn to be open to new ideas and possibilities;
  • acquire teamwork and public speaking skills through extensive presentation of work-in-progress during workshops.

This subject is not available to students who have completed 106-091 Writing for Performance. This subject is available to Bachelor of Arts (Continuing) and Bachelor of Creative Arts students and may be credited towards a major in Creative Writing in either course. Bachelor of Creative Arts students can credit this subject to a major in Theatre Studies.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts(Media and Communications)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
Creative Writing Major
Related Breadth Track(s): Theatre Studies

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