• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lucy Neave
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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In this course, students will come up with an idea for a film or short play. They will write a treatment, short story or synopsis based on this initial concept, and shape the story into a script. Through the workshop process, story ideas will be subject to critique, and students will be encouraged to develop their early drafts. Lectures will address theoretical and practical concerns involved in writing stories, screenplays, film and drama scripts, and will examine several relevant examples. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in the production of screenplays and plays.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. write a screenplay treatment or play synopsis, and a screenplay or play utilising correct and effective style and formatting;
  2. develop the treatment or synopsis into a screenplay or short play script, integrating suggestions from writing workshops, and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work to modify their own;
  3. research and analyse a produced screenplay and film, or a work of drama;
  4. describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose, screenplays and short plays; and
  5. reflect on your own creative work in relation to its translation of prose to script (either screenplay or short play), their writing process, and works (filmic or theatrical) in similar styles or genres.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio of creative work comprising drafts and rewrites of a treatment and screenplay or stage play (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Reading journal (500 words) (15) [LO 4]
  3. Essay (1000-1500 words) (25) [LO 3,5]
  4. Draft story, treatment or synopsis (10) [LO 1]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Lill, Michael, Dreams in Crowded Rooms (short play)

Proulx, Annie, McMurtry, Larry, and Ossana, Diana. 'Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay'

van den Berg, Dylan, 'Milk


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4245 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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