Rewriting the Script

Ref: C3126766

All of us tell stories about our lives; about the experiences that have shaped us, the trials and turning points that have tested us. These stories help us make sense of our lives and give our social interactions meaning. Yet at times we can all of us create life-stories that turn out to be unhelpful or even self-destructive. Using the rules of narrative to explore, understand and reimagine your life-problems as a film or theatre script requires you to analyse and understand the motives of all the characters involved and the social, economic, and psychological forces creating your life-problem. In turn this process can transform your sense of self, change your relationship with others and provide you with a more positive vision of your future. During the course you will receive detailed feedback and guidance from the course tutor to help you write your own 20 minute script exploring your life problem.

Course aim

A creative writing programme that gives you the tools to analyse, understand and reimagine your life-problems as a script. Over the course of 8 weeks you will write a short film or play exploring an aspect of your life you would like to change.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • For those interested in using creativity to explore and improve their mental wellbeing.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Gain insight and knowledge about how ‘story’ works in drama, art and entertainment.
  • Create a story of my own and develop it is an idea for a short film or short play.
  • Gain insight and knowledge into the psychological power of story and how important the stories we tell about ourselves are to our own wellbeing and to our capacity to solve our life-problems.
  • Explore and interrogate the stories you or others have created about your own life.
  • Explore in detail a particular life-problem through the process of writing a script about it.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Each 3-hour session will start with a 1-hour lecture/workshop on an aspect of scriptwriting. This will be followed by small group discussions about your own life-stories and feedback on your own script as it develops over the 8 weeks.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Written work will be completed in your own time each week and submitted online . Thus access to the internet and a computer with word processing software such as Word, Pages or OpenDocument is essential. These facilities are available for little or no cost at local libraries.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course is aimed at improving mental wellbeing but it also serves as an introduction to scriptwriting course and thus may lead some participants to pursue further training in writing for the theatre, film & TV.

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Rewriting the Script

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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