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Weekly sessions will be taught from late afternoon into the evening on one day a week in order to allow the greatest flexibility. There will also be one long weekend intensive session at the end of each semester.

Play Writing at UCLan is underpinned by the belief that the writing and and reading of drama inform, and are vital to, an understanding of each other.

Writing workshops will develop your writing skills and challenge you to find your own voice. You will be exposed to a wide range of dramatic writing exercises designed to reinforce knowledge of the specific demands of writing for dramatic production.

We will examine recent developments in writing for theatre through seminars on 20th and 21st century drama. Very close analysis of the text will be prioritised and the plays will be read from the point of view of a writer. Review writing skills will be developed through the response to performances seen throughout the duration of the course. There may be some University organised trips to see plays and perfomances but you will also be responsible for seeing as much live theatre as possible.

The long weekend workshop modules will allow you to explore your ability to work in a team as a collaborative writer and to work to a brief. You may, for instance, be asked to write for schools, a specific theatre company, a community organisation etc. This course aims to introduce you to professional writers whose expertise will guide you.

All students will submit a play of their own in what ever style agreed individually with their supervisor. You are encouraged to challenge your ideas and creativity. This part of the course carries significant weight. All the afore mentioned modules are a preparation for the writing of this project. Time for writing is given over the summer and the play will be submitted in September after a series of meetings with your supervisor.

Visit the MA Play Writing page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

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