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Dramatic Writing

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Write drama like a professional! There are many different types of writing – short stories, poems, novels, screen plays etc. Dramatic writing can fall into all of these. A short story usually takes place over a shorter period of time. It is often set in just one setting/scene, and the characters may be shown with broader strokes – there is not as much time to analyse characters as there is with novel writing.

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This course is taught by:

Lee Raye

M.A. (hons) Celtic Studies, (the University of Aberdeen); M.St. Celtic Studies, (the University of Oxford)

Lee is a PhD candidate at Cardiff University with degrees from Aberdeen and Oxford. He has written two books, digitalised another and written several academic papers. He has been interviewed by National Geographic and presented papers at eight different national and international conferences. Lee’s native language is English and, if asked, he is always happy to help students with their English spelling and grammar. He is also a keen proponent of the digital revolution and dreams of a world where all books are available instantly to be read, searched or treasured. Although he mainly writes non-fiction, he loves Victorian literature as well as modern fiction and poetry of all kinds. His academic knowledge of medieval events, cultures and the history of Britain’s environment make him especially qualified to help students interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy.
Lesson Structure: Dramatic Writing BWR100

There are 8 lessons:

Typing Time
Types of Writing : Reflection, Exposition, Description, Explanation, Argument
Making Decisions about what to Write
Know your stuff
The concept
Keeping a Notebook
Process of Story Development
Planning a Story
Developing your Voice
Useful terms
Developing the characters
Building Characters
Main Characters
Minor Characters
Theme & Genre
Developing a Theme
Universal Themes
Sub Themes
Creating Conflict
Plot Development
First Decisions
The End of a Story
Types of Dramatic Story: Memoirs, Biographies, Reflective Stories, Historical etc
Weaving a Story
Techniques: Action, Emotion, Mirror; Parallel lives, Palm Cards
Writers Block
Developing a Story Line
Things to Avoid
Different Approaches: Dialectic, Transition
How a Character Affects a Plot
How Plot Affects Genre
Flashbacks and Flashforwards
Writing a Dramatic Short Story
Main Character and Antagonist
Creating a Sense of Place
Counting Out Your Story
Short Stories
Developing Sub Plots
Writing a Chapters for a Dramatic Work (Novel or Play)
Getting Published
Writing Resources
Writing as a Business
Vanity Publishing
Dealing with Publishers
Creating a Chapter or Segment of a larger work

Learning Goals: Dramatic Writing BWR100

Define and develop an understanding of dramatic writing.
Develop methods of developing characters in dramatic writing.
Define different genres and develop themes for dramatic writing.
Develop techniques for developing your plot.
Describe techniques for weaving a story.
Develop a short story using dramatic writing.
Develop a chapter of dramatic writing.
Determine how to develop sub plots.


Reflection: An internal process of reviewing and making meaning from one's own experience;

Exposition or Reporting: Covers a wide area of writing. Events, thoughts and situations are exposed or shown to the reader, as in textbooks, magazine articles or news stories, but also when the narrator or a character takes an informing role. One very important form of reporting or exposition for writers is description.

Description: The reporting of information to convey an impression or feeling about a place, person, thing or idea, rather than facts. Description can be a small part of a particular narrative, or the main part of it. A lot of good travel writing is descriptive, as is a lot of fiction. Consider the heavy overlapping of description and exposition in this description of a circus performer by E.B. White (not in one of her novels, but in a newspaper article):
The richness of the scene was in its plainness, its natural condition - of horse, of ring, of girl, even to the girl's bare feet that gripped the bare back of her proud and ridiculous mount. The enchantment grew not out of anything that happened   but out of something that seemed to go round and round with the girl, attending her, a steady gleam in the shape of a circle  

Explanation: A process of leading another person to a particular understanding or perception through information and reason, rather than through persuasive language. It includes instruction, rules and guidelines, argument and analysis.
Argument: Aims to persuade the reader to change their viewpoint or attitude about an idea or situation. It is often quite rhetorical in nature. [Rhetoric is the art of persuading through emotion, but using elements of logic or reason (often quite illogically)]. Most political speeches are rhetorical in nature. Argument typically presents two points of view; then builds a case for one of them, and either refutes or overwhelms the other.

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