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Writing for Performance FPB255


This unit develops practical and creative skills in the craft of writing for performance. Through practical workshops, discussions, readings and dramaturgical sessions with the Unit Lecturer, you will explore the range of styles, genres, conventions, purposes and methodologies within writing for performance. Approaches to character development, script structure, style, and diverse modes of playwrighting will be explored, as well as the work of established writers. The unit involves a practice-based development of skills, with a focus on writing for performance, dramaturgy, evaluating works-in-progress, and incorporating feedback.


Unit name Writing for Performance
Unit code FPB255
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre
Coordinator Doctor Jane Woollard
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and identify a variety of writing styles.
  • Apply conventions and methodologies of script structure, format and genre.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of evaluation, redrafting and editing in the scriptwriting process.
  • Critically analyse diverse social and cultural contexts which influence writing for performance.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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25 credit points in any unit at any level from any degree


Teaching Pattern

Off campus 

Synchronous online weekly tutorial (2 hrs) 

In addition; 

Self-directed learning (2-3hrs),

Online readings and other activities,

Writing practice (3-4 hrs). (9 hours total weekly).

AssessmentAT1: Class presentation (study of selected writer and the impact of their work) (20%)|AT2: Script analysis (20%)|AT3: Script Treatment (30%)|AT4: Final draft Script & accompanying notes (30%)
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