ALW103 - Scriptwriting Fundamentals


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar or equivalent per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (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 story-telling strategies for a global context. Scriptwriting elements covered include structure, plot, turning points, character, dialogue, scenes, setting, and subtext. Students will learn how these elements may be used to maximum creative advantage within divergent scriptwriting forms. Screen, stage, sound, gaming, and hybrid performance environments make different demands on the writer’s craft. Consequently, the unit encourages writers to embrace a flexible definition of scripts and of their relationship to broader mechanisms of production and performance. The notion of writing constraints as a way to unlock creativity is an important thread within the unit. The unit’s focus on global story-telling strategies reflects the increasing significance of international co-productions and cross-cultural audiences to the careers of twenty-first century scriptwriters. Intensive workshopping ensures the acquisition of the collaborative and audience awareness skills essential to allow students to undertake the scriptwriting roles of the future.

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