Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the key principles of dramatic writing for a range of contemporary performance modes. Students are given opportunities to develop their own creative potential through original script writing.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the role and craft of the writer in contemporary theatre and performance.

2. Demonstrate understanding of the differences between dramatic and other forms of creative writing.

3. Practically demonstrate awareness of the skills required to translate an idea into a performable script.


Exercises in dialogue, character, dramatic structure, exposition, conflict, etc; practical exploration of differing techniques and approaches to writing for a range of contemporary performance modes; script analysis; critical examinations of contemporary dramatic writing; script writing.


This course replaces DRAM3820. If you have successfully completed DRAM3820 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation - 25%

Written Assignment: Blog - 35%

Written Assignment: Creative Script - 40%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Online 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 9

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.