ALW103 - Scriptwriting Fundamentals


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: ALWM103
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative activities, including 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent


This unit introduces students to the fundamentals of scriptwriting with a focus on developing practical skills and knowledge for a contemporary context. Scriptwriting elements covered include writing on country, writing from the self, adaptation, verbatim, character, action, story and structure. Students will learn how these elements may be used to maximum creative advantage within divergent scriptwriting forms. Understanding the fundamentals to script writing will give the student a grounding in all forms of performance writing, including for theatre, film, series, gaming, and performance art. The unit encourages writers to embrace a flexible definition of scripts in relationship to their wide application in the industry. The unit's focus is very much on understanding and developing practical skills, then applying them in practice. Intensive workshopping ensures the acquisition of the collaborative and audience awareness skills essential to allow students to undertake scriptwriting roles of the future.

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