Posted on 14/02/2013
The Department of Computer Science has just been awarded £980 by the Alumni Annual Fund Benefactions for the development of a playwriting tool.
Paulo Ricca, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science, will work closely with the Department of Drama and Theatre, particularly with students of the MA in Playwriting, to develop an innovative tool that will help play writers focus more on the creative process and less on the formatting aspects.
In order to improve writing efficiency, the tool will follow a paradigm that is very different from the ones currently available on the market. Inspired by LaTeX – a text-formatting tool widely adopted by scientists – the tool will allow writers to focus just on producing free text without any concern on how it is going to be formatted; through the use of templates, formatted text will be generated automatically on demand to meet requirements specific each publisher.
The plan is to release the tool under an open source licence so that it is publicly available for current and future playwriting students, and possibly also professionals.