Re-writing the Script

Ref: C3126975

Novels and short stories are told to us by a ‘reliable narrator’. When the narrator describes the emotions and motives of a character we readers have to believe the narrator because they are the only source of information available to us. In real life we do not have a reliable narrator accurately describing to us the emotions and motivations of ourselves and the people we interact with. On the contrary the ‘narration’ of our lived lives is often highly unreliable because it is created by our own insecure, ego-driven, self and we often unintentionally construct narratives about our lives that are inaccurate, unhelpful and sometimes even self-destructive. Scripts are much more like real-life because the audience can only make sense of the drama by observing how and what people say and do. Reframing your actions and experience in script form and seeing them through an audiences eyes, can give you new insights into your situation and new ways of thinking about solutions.

Course aim

Rewriting Your Script is a transformative creative writing programme offering you innovative and effective analytical tools to improve your mental wellbeing

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is aimed primarily at improving mental wellbeing but it also serves as an introduction to scriptwriting.

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

  • Understand more 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.
  • Understand the psychological power of story and how important the stories I tell about myself are to my own wellbeing and to my capacity to improve my mental wellbeing.
  • Understand my own life better by reflecting on and interrogating the stories I or others have created about my life.
  • Understand 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
  • 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 10 weeks.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The scriptwriting 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 Open Document 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?

  • This course is aimed at improving mental wellbeing but it also serves as an 'Introduction to Scriptwriting' course and thus could lead some participants to pursue further training in writing for the theatre, film & TV.

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Re-writing 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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