1) Write EITHER a short complete original theatre, film, television or radio script (max. 1500 words);
OR the opening scenes of an original theatre film, television or radio script (max. 1500 words). Remember to specify the targeted production outlet and the intended audience. Also, write a critical evaluation of any theatre performance or broadcast production in the same medium and genre (max. 1000 words) with reference to the successes or failures of the piece, and how those aspects influenced your creative work.
2) Write an original short story (max. 1500 words) for a named publication of your choice, specifying the intended audience. Also, write a critical evaluation of a published short story (max.1000 words) in the same genre (ideally published in the same publication as your target), with reference to the successes or failures of the story, and how those aspects influenced your own creative piece.
Creative Writing Assignment Assessment Criteria
1: Workshop engagement and performance.
2: Narrative: Engaging, challenging. Avoidance of over-complicated plot. Story appropriate to length of narrative, deploying strong opening and delayed revelation.
Clear distinction between protagonist-led and ensemble narrative developments.
3: Originality: Avoidance of stereotype and cliché. Unusual ideas, concept and narrative development. Strong individuality of subject matter, expression and authorial voice. Unpredictable structure (i.e. non-linear) appropriate to the ethos of the narrative.
4: Style: Distinctive choice of words, descriptive detail, uniqueness of expression. Natural rhythmic flow, creation of mood and atmosphere. Strong descriptive clarity and detail, show don’t tell, use of imagery and visuality. Appropriate expressiveness of tone.
5: Characters: Strong audience involvement and impact. Distinctive, authentic and unique characters. Inclusion of place and artefact as characters in their own right.
6: Dialogue: Expressive of character through verbal personality. Individual speech patterns, vocabulary, modes of expression. Character-specific dialogue. Use of the pause.
7: Audience: Target audience to be clearly identified. Narrative and style should be appropriate for intended audience and satisfy the requirements of the specific genre.
8: Presentation: Good clarity and generous spacing. Plenty of white on the page. Format appropriate to writing form.
9: Use of English: appropriate to the material and genre.
10: Evaluation of a professional piece: Use of relevant key criteria from those listed above to demonstrate relevance to own creative process.
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