Dramatic Writing Online Course

Dramatic Writing Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

  • Learn to write drama, and stimulate the readers emotions
  • Learn more about the mechanics of writing
  • Develop your capacity to communicate more clearly and effectively
  • Explore opportunities to turn your passion into a rewarding job

Do you have story ideas but don’t know where to start? Do you want to create plots that are engaging and interesting to read? Do you want to see your work published and come to life? Then this course is for you.

You will learn to:

  • Define and develop an understanding of dramatic writing.
  • Develop methods of developing characters in dramatic writing.
  • Define different genres and develop themes for dramatic writing.
  • Develop techniques for developing your plot.
  • Describe techniques for weaving a story.
  • Develop a short story using dramatic writing.
  • Develop a chapter of dramatic writing.
  • Determine how to develop sub plots.

Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 8 lessons in this course:


  • Motivation
  • Typing Time
  • Types of Writing : Reflection, Exposition, Description, Explanation, Argument
  • Making Decisions about what to Write
  • Know your stuff
  • The concept
  • Synopsis
  • Keeping a Notebook
  • Process of Story Development
  • Planning a Story
  • Developing your Voice
  • Useful terms


  • Developing the characters
  • Building Characters
  • Main Characters
  • Minor Characters

Theme and Genre

  • Developing a Theme
  • Universal Themes
  • Sub Themes
  • Creating Conflict
  • Names

Plot Development

  • First Decisions
  • Ambiance
  • The End of a Story
  • Types of Dramatic Story: Memoirs, Biographies, Reflective Stories, Historical etc

Weaving a Story

  • Techniques: Action, Emotion, Mirror; Parallel lives, Palm Cards
  • Writers Block
  • Developing a Story Line
  • Things to Avoid
  • Different Approaches: Dialectic, Transition
  • How a Character Affects a Plot
  • How Plot Affects Genre
  • Goals
  • Consequences
  • Motive
  • Flashbacks and Flash forwards

Writing a Dramatic Short Story

  • Main Character and Antagonist
  • Creating a Sense of Place
  • Counting Out Your Story
  • Short Stories

Developing Sub Plots

  • Method
  • Plants
  • Activity

Writing a Chapters for a Dramatic Work (Novel or Play)

  • Getting Published
  • Writing Resources
  • Writing as a Business
  • Vanity Publishing
  • Dealing with Publishers
  • Creating a Chapter or Segment of a larger work

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.