Writing Modern Drama

Module Code: EN3037
Module Leader: Frazer Lee


The module enables students to explore and discuss the professional practice and theory of contemporary screenwriting. By the end of the course, students will have produced a marketable outline for a feature film, TV or internet drama series along with the first 20 pages of the script. The module is substantially practice-based and requires students to analyse films and scripts – including their own and contemporaries’ - from a screenwriting perspective.

Core Texts

Aristotle, Poetics. translated and edited by Malcolm Heath (Penguin Classics, 1996).

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. (New World Library, 2nd edition, 2008).

Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers, The Power of Myth. (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, reissued edition, 1989).

Lajos Egri, The Art of Dramatic Writing. (various, including Wildside Press, 2007; Simon & Schuster, 2004; Kessinger Publishing, 2007).

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