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This subject will introduce students to advanced dialogic techniques in relation to a range of genres including short story, novel and script.
The exploration of the mechanics of dialogue will be cast against the historical evolution of modern and postmodern modes of dialogue so that students will also understand how dialogue has been shaped by genre and the socio-political and cultural contexts from which key genres have arisen. For assessment, students will develop practical work comprising a short script, a full-length short story or a series of ‘short’ short stories. They will also produce a comparative critique of modes of dialogue used by authors included in the subject reader. They will workshop their creative project, participate in improvisational exercises, and provide written and verbal editorial feedback to fellow students.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
- a range of dialogue skills and apprehension of dialogue writing conventions applicable to a range of professional creative writing genres;
- an advanced ability to solve problems in the field of dialogue driven writing genres and apply new skills to their creative work;
- an understanding of histories of written dialogue and how ‘dialogic work’ carries on a continual dialogue with other works of literature and other authors; and
- not just a ‘wonderful ear for dialogue,' but a wonderful mind for dialogue.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- acquired a capacity for critical analysis through engagement and critique of a range of creative writing genres;
- advanced skills in peer workshopping and self-editing;
- a capacity to work consistently and independently at an advanced level on a self-devised project;
- a capacity to participate in a project requiring team-work and contributions to the progress of others; and
- advanced skills in peer workshopping and self-editing.
Last updated: 3 November 2022