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Introduction to Scriptwriting

Weekly course for adults

Introduction

This evening class will guide you through the crucial elements of how to write a play. You will explore the balance between dialogue and plot, character and action, resolution and ambiguity. The course will look at examples of writing for the stage and site-specific theatre, for adults and young people, in different genres and for different purposes.

During the weekly class, you will investigate the building blocks of story and how to build narrative writing. You will learn about the methods of developing three dimensional characters, considering how to create depth and dimension.

You will explore the balance between dialogue and plot, character and action, resolution and ambiguity. The course will look at examples of writing for the stage and site-specific theatre, for adults and young people, in different genres and for different purposes.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • developed skills in creative writing for visual story-telling
  • learned about script formatting and language
  • discovered methods of creating believable and realistic characters
  • explored the principles of creating thinking and critical thought
  • developed artistic confidence and an ability to communicate your ideas to others

 

Introduction

This evening class will guide you through the crucial elements of how to write a play. You will explore the balance between dialogue and plot, character and action, resolution and ambiguity. The course will look at examples of writing for the stage and site-specific theatre, for adults and young people, in different genres and for different purposes.

During the weekly class, you will investigate the building blocks of story and how to build narrative writing. You will learn about the methods of developing three dimensional characters, considering how to create depth and dimension.

You will explore the balance between dialogue and plot, character and action, resolution and ambiguity. The course will look at examples of writing for the stage and site-specific theatre, for adults and young people, in different genres and for different purposes.

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • developed skills in creative writing for visual story-telling
  • learned about script formatting and language
  • discovered methods of creating believable and realistic characters
  • explored the principles of creating thinking and critical thought
  • developed artistic confidence and an ability to communicate your ideas to others

 

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Indicative schedule

Thursdays 6.30pm-8.30pm

Entry requirements

This is an open access course for anyone who has an interest in writing for the stage.

Preparing for your course

Please bring a notepad and pen.

At a glance...

Introduction to Scriptwriting Thursdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm 20180322 156

Term dates and tuition fees

Term 3: 12 January – 23 March 2017 (excluding 9 February)

Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This interactive and practical course is open to those who wish to:

* develop skills in creative writing for visual story-telling
* learn script formatting and language
* discover methods to help create believable and realistic characters
* explore the principles of creative thinking and critical thought
* develop artistic confidence and an ability to communicate ideas to others.

Further training

If you are interested in this course, you may also be like:

* Introduction to Screenwriting
* Comedy Writing

Additional Information

Throughout the course you will work with industry specialists, including RCS lecturers. There will also be the opportunity for some excerpts of your work to be read by RCS Acting students.