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    The theory and practice of playwriting. The study and writing of short plays and screenplays.

    In this popular paper, you will gain an introduction to the unique requirements of playwriting and screenwriting by writing your own short play (for stage or screen) and via a variety of exercises designed to sharpen your writer's mind and critical awareness.

    About this paper

    Paper title Writing for Stage and Screen
    Subject Theatre Studies
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    (THEA 101 or 121 or 122 ) or 54 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Teaching staff

    Paper Co-ordinator: Amanda Martin

    Teaching Arrangements

    Please contact the School of Performing Arts office ( for a copy of the most recent paper profile.

    Your lecturer will give you a list of required readings at the commencement of the paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes
    This paper will give you an understanding of some of the playwright's tools, along with an ability to critically and analytically evaluate your work and to produce a short play of good quality for a first-time writer.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 9-13, 15-22
    A2 Friday 10:00-11:50 9-12, 15-22
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