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Creative Writing for Screen

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 January 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 February 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 January 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 January 2021


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.


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, CINE210

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

Martha Hardy-Ward

This course is taught by Martha Hardy-Ward (martha.hardy-ward@canterbury.ac.nz).

Martha's office is Rm. 501A, Karl Popper.


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 $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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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