Screenwriting

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Wednesday 4 November 2020, 3–6.15pm

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  • An industry-directed postgraduate course combining writing and professional engagement
  • Themed blocks that develop voice, improve writing, and package your work for industry
  • Learn about different methodologies, cultural approaches and psychologies of screenwriting
  • Taught by working professional screenwriters
  • Suitable for returning or mature students looking to develop voice or produce professional work
  • Learn about industry requirements, how to pitch your work and get funding

Summary

Our MA Screenwriting will help you to develop personal voice in your writing, create distinctive and high-quality work, and to take that work from concept to industry-ready screenplay. Our unique approach combines technical practice with academic theory. The programme is flexible in its format and divided into three blocks; voice, writing and pitching, allowing you to focus on the areas that interest you the most. Our aim is to bring the most out of the individual talent of each writer.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own writer’s voice – that deep-seated, often hidden message that urges you not just to write, but to write about the things that move you. Writing from an emotional, often psychological space offers freedom to the writer and greater engagement from an audience.

You’ll learn how to develop this voice and learn how the screenwriter is an ethnographer, paying close attention to descriptions of peoples and cultures, considering their customs, habits and mutual differences. You will also learn how to make your screenwriting stand out, using non-traditional, decolonised, less Western-focused forms, applicable from the gallery space to the theatre.

Whether you’re a playwright, fine artist or producer, you’ll develop your screenwriting skills with hands-on work and personal tuition that will result in a full feature or TV pilot screenplay of 60-100 pages, from concept to second draft. You will graduate with a piece of work of a standard you will be able to present not just to industry, but within your field of specialisation.

Finally, you’ll learn how to package your script and pitch your work. You will learn about industry requirements so you can ensure your work is coherent, accessible, professionally presented and noticeable. This includes live pitching sessions, development funding applications, guest lectures from industry speakers, and field trips.

The MA is for both recent graduates and mature students who wish to take their writing to the next level, and to be able to engage with the film industry as screenwriters, writer-directors, creative producers, translators or script editors.

You will focus on developing your own writer’s voice to enhance creative practice, to write at a professional level across multiple formats (feature film, TV, short form, online), and to pitch your work to academic staff in readiness for exposure to producers and commissioners.

You will be encouraged to draw up on your own background and memories to develop a solid idea, from which you will be helped to develop a feature-length or TV pilot screenplay. You will learn about sensory ethnography, underground screenwriting, the development of voice, different forms of screenwriting and the importance of packaging your work.

Underground Screenwriting
Developing Voice: The Writer as Ethnographer
Forms of Screenwriting: Translation, Psychology, Editing
Final Screenplay Project
Project Development and Presentation
The Pitch

Graduates from this programme will be well equipped to work in independent film as well as the wider film and TV industries. Career paths include screenwriter, script editor, script translator, film critic, creative producer, artist in lens-based media (gallery distribution), independent filmmaker.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.