The aim of this unit is to examine methods of contemporary performance writing practice with emphasis on the mediums of film, television and theatre. Through an examination of industry examples in each genre and the involvement of students in a professional workshop, the unit aims to generate critical understanding of performance writing practice. Students are given the opportunity to develop performance writing skills in the application of the basics of dramatic story-telling, characterisation, conflict, and dialogue through lectures, workshops, and writing groups that reflect industry practice. Students working in writing teams will produce an extended piece of writing; focusing on the performance writing process from conception to pitch and submission.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA must complete at least 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) in Year 1 before undertaking any Level 2 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Develop and demonstrate a range of performance writing skills;  
  2. Analyse performance writing formats;  
  3. Exhibit an understanding of the fundamentals of dramatic story-telling, characterisation, conflict and dialogue, and industry expectations and opportunities; and  
  4. Appraise and articulate the writing practices of self and others in professional workshop-type situations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Comparative analysis of short films 20%
Presentation In-class group presentation of TV series Analysis 30%
Assignment Script submission 40%
Workshop Attendance and written report/reflective piece based on Workshop conducted at Malthouse Theatre 10%

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