Playwriting - How to write a short play

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Course description

How to write a short play course in Sydney

Ever wanted to write a play but don’t know where to start? Short plays are becoming increasingly popular, with numerous events around Sydney focusing on the form. Learn how to develop characters and story, write believable dialogue and create dramatic tension or good comedy.

Session outlines
  • Week 1: A brief overview of theatre and the world of short plays. Bringing the everyday to life. Entry points for writing your play. What to write about. What not to write. Scene starters
  • Week 2: Read through of a top script. Tips on writing short plays: Formatting and layout; Story; Character; Dialogue; Theatricality; Comedy/Drama
  • Week 3: Understanding structure. Story vs situation. Structural mapping. Designing a play
  • Week 4: Creating characters and the character card. Developing characters – what would they do in a hypothetical situation. Editing for short plays. SPAG (spelling, punctuation & grammar)
  • Week 5: Hive mind writing: group feedback. Exploring genres. How to handle exposition. Writing style and style elements
  • Week 6: Showcase the plays: performances of students' plays.
Learning outcomes

By the end of this course it is intended that students will be able to:

  • correctly format a play
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of story, character, dialogue and theatricality
  • edit a new or existing script for economy of language and to improve flow
  • prepare a 10 minute play that is performance ready.
Please bring to class
  • A notebook and pen or laptop/tablet for writing

Printed notes will be provided.

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