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Hobart, Launceston


This unit develops practical and creative skills in the craft of writing for performance. Through practical workshops, discussions, readings and individual 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Writing for Performance
Unit code FPB255
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Theatre

Dr. Jane Woollard

Teaching staff


Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

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




25 credit points


Teaching Pattern

1 x 3 hour workshop weekly, online


Assessment Task 1:Class presentation: (study of selected playwright and the impact of their work) 5 – 10 minutes, 20%.

Assessment Task 2: First draft (in progress) Script and accompanying notes (5 – 10 pages of text), 20%.

Assessment Task 3: Script Assessment (written report on selected text 800-1000 words), 30%.

Assessment Task 4: Final draft script and play reading – (short play of 5 – 10 minutes duration), 30%

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