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Creative Writing for Screen

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 6 January 2020
End Date: Sunday, 9 February 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 10 January 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 24 January 2020


The objective of the course is to combine the development of students' creative writing with the practical skills and dramaturgic techniques of writing for film.

This course provides students with an introduction to screenwriting craft and practice. It aims to combine the development of students’ creative writing with the practical skills and dramaturgical techniques of writing for the screen.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to:
  • Format a screenplay to a professional standard;
  • Make use of narrative techniques and conventions specific to screenwriting, and write visually for the screen;
  • Analyse films and screenplays, and provide constructive critique to others;
  • Develop their own creative practice and 'voice' as a writer through craft-based exercises and assessment.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points at 100 level from CINE or ENGL, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


ENGL234, ENGL238

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Martha Hardy-Ward


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Dialogue Script 25%
Group Webseries Pitch 25%
Webisode Script 40%
Attendance and participation 10%

Textbooks / Resources

Weekly readings will be available through LEARN.

(Image: "Cinema" by Victor Ollervides,  licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

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