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Playwriting Workshop

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How does dialogue shape character? Why are silences and pauses so important in drama?

Through a series of practical workshops, you will learn about the basic principles of successful playwriting, from formulating an idea to developing strong characters.

Learning and teaching

The module will be delivered through ten 2-hour workshops, made up of lectures, class discussions, small group work, and debates. Class sessions will be supplemented by resources available to students via Learning Central.

Syllabus content

The course will be workshop-led, with a focus on students’ own interests. The course is likely to explore areas such as:

  • Developing an idea
  • Finding your voice
  • Structuring plot
  • Developing characters
  • Genre
  • Understanding dramatic action
  • Writing effective dialogue
  • Pauses and silences
  • Visualising the stage
  • Formatting a script
  • Contemporary theatre in Wales

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

For the assessment, you will produce a portfolio of script, including a reflective component. Portfolios will be the equivalent of a total of 2,000 words.

Reading suggestions

A full reading list will be provided by the tutor.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.