Skip to main content
Toggle navigation
Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

Scriptwriting as Research Symposium

The Scriptwriting as Research Symposium, hosted by the School of Arts & Communication at the University of Southern Queensland, was initiated by Dr Dallas Baker (USQ) who convenes each symposiusm, often with a co-convenor from another university. 

Scriptwriting in the academy is an emerging research area. To date, it has been difficult to study the scriptwriting that happens in higher education settings, largely because scripts written in the academy have not been seen as credible research outcomes, but also because there has been a lack of opportunities for publication and production of these scripts. This situation is now changing, with a number of academic journals publishing scripts as creative research. As examples see Scriptwriting as Creative Writing Research (2013) and Scriptwriting as Creative Writing Research II (2015), both special script issues of TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses.

The Scriptwriting as Research Symposium takes a step further, providing academic scriptwriters with an opportunity to have their short scripts produced as staged readings. The staged or performed readings will be followed by short 10 minute research presentations by the authors contextualising the script’s value as research or the research process used to create it.

The aim of the symposium is to encourage research, innovation and collaboration in scriptwriting by bringing together academic scriptwriters within and outside USQ whose creative and research work is focused on writing for the stage or screen.

Most of the scripts will be read and performed by USQs acting and theatre students. The readings and the presentations will be filmed and live-streamed on the internet, making them eligible as research outcomes under the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) system.

It is expected that strong intellectual and creative friendships, as well as research collaborations, will form as a result of this symposium.

Visit Past Symposiums to see video footage from previous years. 

Download the program (1.3MB) for more information about the 2017 symposium. 


For further information, please contact Dr Dallas Baker