Unit description

Gives students a practical and experiential introduction to a broad range of performance writing practices, dramaturgy techniques and theories of performance. Develops students' writing based on a practical experience of methods, approaches and styles relating to writing for live performance.

Unit content

  • The empty space: Staging performance
  • From written word to performing body
  • From oral tradition to contemporary theatre
  • Theatre and community
  • Performance workshops

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 3

  • Clark, L, 2006, Writing for the Stage: a Practical Playwriting Guide, Allyn and Bacon, Pearson, Boston. ISBN: 978-0205412976.
  • Grieg, N, 2005, Play Writing: A Practical Guide, Routledge, London and New York. ISBN: 978-0415310437.
  • Nowra, L, 2000, Radiance: The Play and Screenplay, Currency Press, Sydney. ISBN: 978-0868196244.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Draft Creative Work 20%
Final Creative Work40%
Critical review30%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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