Dramatic Writing Programme 2019-2020

Dramatic Writing Programme 2019-2020

CWP in collaboration with New Writing South

(One morning per week for 25 weeks)

Overview

In the autumn and spring term courses of this programme you will learn, through practical writing sessions, how to write for the stage and screen. You will be taught how to format scripts, how to utilise the technical and practical characteristics of these different forms and how to work creatively within them. Starting with the essential skills of stagecraft you will learn how to develop characters and storylines that are resonant, coherent and built around dramatic tension. You will then, in the spring term, apply what you have learned to the screen; to more episodic and filmic narrative. In the summer term you will be encouraged to take one of your first draft pieces from the first two terms and through reading and discussion in script development workshops, develop them into a second draft.

By the end of the programme you will have developed a strong working knowledge of scriptwriting technique; written your own scripts and had them critically reviewed; gained a deeper insight into professional practice and had an opportunity to meet and work with professional writers.

What this programme will do for you

This programme will enable you to identify the forms of dramatic writing that are best suited to your individual talent. It will give you a thorough practical understanding of dramatic technique; it will stretch and challenge you creatively; it will provide you with a critical forum where you can test out your ideas; it will teach you how to manage your creative output, both as an individual and within a group and it will strengthen your confidence to work creatively alongside your ability to reflect critically on your own work.

 

Programme Structure

Autumn term 2019: Course One - The Principles of Dramatic Writing

The main focus of this course will be the form and structure of writing for the stage, including developing strong characters, dramatic stories and an understanding of how a play is ‘put on its feet’.  You will develop an understanding of how a play is constructed, including story and suspense; the unities of time and space; dialogue and subtext; the role of the actor; and the interaction between the performance and the audience. During the course you will write the first draft of a one act play (or the first act of a longer play).

Spring term 2020: Course Two - Screenwriting

During this course you’ll develop the craft of dramatic writing for the screen - the principles of storytelling crossover from course one - but here the story’s told in pictures and sound: it’s showing not telling. You’ll identify what you’re trying to write, then take that idea and develop it into the first 10-15 pages of a feature/TV script or a short film. Then we’ll look at log lines, story archetype and genre; the protagonist/antagonist, revisit structure for the screen (turning points, inciting incidents, beats, scenes, Acts); examine point of view, opening and closing scenes and the use of montage.

Summer terms 2020: Course Three - Dramatic Writing Workshops

You will choose one of the pieces you have written for Courses One and Two and in this series of script development workshops, write a second more detailed draft. The aim of the workshops is to offer constructive criticism that will develop the potential of each script by nurturing writers during the writing process and offering critical support and guidance. At the end of the summer term there will be a showcase of readings of students' work.

Key facts

Programme length

One year

Starts

October 2019

 

The Programme can be taken on Wednesday afternoons: 1pm to 3.30pm.

 

Term Dates: Autumn: 30th September to 15th December 2019. Spring: 6th January to 22nd March 2020. Summer: 20th April to 24th May 2020.

 

Venue

The Writers’ Place, New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications required

Programme team

Dr Mark Slater (programme director), Sara Clifford, Lisa Fulthorpe

 

Fee£700

For enrolment details contact

New Writing South
9 Jew Street
Brighton 
BN1 1UT

T. 01273 73535

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Our approach to teaching creative writing is fundamentally different from that of the majority of creative writing courses in Higher Education that mix conventional critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literary texts with short modules in creative writing. At the core of our teaching strategy is the belief that creative writing requires a similar educational approach to that used in other areas of the arts. Our focus therefore is primarily on the process of composition and our aim, through carefully designed writing exercises is to introduce you to the techniques and skills required to craft narrative fiction whilst making you more aware of your own individual creativity. We recognise the importance, alongside intellectual and critical skills, of the role of body, the emotions and intuition in creative composition and draw on the wider reading and discussion of published fiction, writers on writing and relevant theory to support this holistic approach.

Our programmes and courses cover prose fiction (the novel and the short story), poetry and dramatic writing (stage and screen). These initial programmes are designed to teach you the essential skills required to work in these particular forms. After completing these programmes, when you have started to prepare work for publication of performance, you can join our Advanced Writing Workshops and work alongside practicing and published writers.

As a writer on one of our programmes or courses, you will work closely with your tutors and a small group of other writers and your ongoing work will be supported through notes, summaries and references to further reading on our website course pages.

You will be encouraged, through exploration, experimentation, discussion and wider reading, to understand the structure of the form you are working in and your own creative process; to identify your own personal themes and to find ways of expressing these ideas to a modern audience.

 

 

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