Collaborative Script Writing for Drama and English Students

Duration: 4 hours
Audience: The material in this workshop is best suited to students in stage five and above.
Cost: $150 pp or $1500 for school groups

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This workshop is based on a collaboration between the Story Factory and Belvoir Theatre; during 2018, both organisations worked together with four high schools in Western Sydney to create a drama script containing input from over seventy students. This project prioritised student voice, collaboration, creativity, and provided students with a real world outcome for their writing. 

 In this workshop the facilitators will share their process, explain how activities used in the project might be utilised in schools, and provide the participants with the resources and structure to create a small scale version of the project in their own school or community.

 Participants will:

  • be guided through a series of engaging generative activities which can be used to assist students with the development of character, creation of dramatically compelling scenes and tips about how to use setting to enhance storytelling

  • be introduced to collaborative writing methods that enable the effective sharing of story elements across large groups of students

  • participate in model activities that show how to use improvisation as a tool to assist with the development of character and scenes

  • be introduced to methods for assisting students through the process of organising and redrafting material

As part of this workshops participants will be provided with a collection of the resources required to start their own collaborative script writing project. The materials provided in this workshop are flexible and easily adapted to classroom situations; they can be used as part of a large collaborative writing project or as independent writing and drama activities. 

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NESA Outcomes - PROFICIENT

1.2.2 - Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.
1.5.2 - Develop teaching activities that incorporate differentiated strategies to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

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