Storytelling Workshop

Subject FLTV70041 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 7 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Feb-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 06-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 40
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 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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Mr Ben Michael, Ms Annabelle Murphy


Contact Centre

T: 13MELB (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.

Students will also read, analyse and discuss feature srcipts and attend film screenings.

Learning Outcomes:

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.


Storytelling exercises. 3500 word equivalent (90%)
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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