Teaching Screenwriting

Will Martin writes: Craig Batty is a contributor to our Teaching Creative Writing, and editor of the forthcoming book Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context. He is currently working on a project focused on the theme of Teaching Screenwriting – we got in touch to find out more:

Craig BattyCraig says: There is very little literature on this subject – aside from the usual ‘how to’ books by the screenwriting gurus! – and with an ever-increasing demand to study screenwriting across the world, I feel that it’s the right time to start developing research that will help those teaching it.

The first event relating to this project is a free one-day symposium, supported by the Higher Education Academy, to be held at the University of Salford on Monday 7th April 2014.

‘Teaching Screenwriting: Creativity, Innovation and Professional Practice’ will draw together academics, practitioners and practitioner-academics to explore some of the pedagogical tensions and opportunities that arise in screenwriting classes and screenwriting curricula.

I hope to generate publications based on the symposium and beyond … watch this space!

Bookings are made through the HEA’s website directly, and teachers of screenwriting at all levels and from all contexts (education, industry) are welcome. Teachers working on the new A Level in Creative Writing are particularly welcome.

tcw-publicity-cover-proof-rgbCraig contributed to Teaching Creative Writing, (ed. Elaine Walker) – a book that is designed to showcase practical approaches developed by practitioners in the ever-growing community of writers in higher education.

Aimed at enabling those who teach the subject to review, borrow, and adapt ideas, the emphasis throughout is on diversity.

The contributions, from an international team of writers, cover a variety of forms and genres and include traditional and innovative components of creative writing courses.

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