Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16

WoLab are thrilled to be partnering with Theatre N16 to deliver a FREE 12-week intensive course led by industry professionals, aimed specifically at actor-writers.

Over the 12 weeks, you will develop your existing playwriting and acting skills through a series of tailored workshops, which will also include mentoring sessions in producing and marketing, as well as regular visits from established playwrights/theatre makers within the industry. All participants will be working towards a industry showcase to an invited audience of agents, casting directors, programmers, and producers. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will write their own monologue to perform for the showcase, as well as co-write a duologue with another member of the group. They will receive personalised support and feedback during the process.

Further information:

  • An introductory welcome session will be held on 20th June (Time TBC).
  • Course Dates: Every Wednesday 11am -3pm, from 27th June – 12th September.
  • Showcase Dates: 16th and 17th September (two performances each day).
  • All sessions will be held at Theatre N16, 5 Ashley Road, London, N17 9LJ.

How to apply: please complete the application form on their website. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an audition on Wednesday 13th June. You will be notified if you have been shortlisted by Friday 8th June.

Please DO NOT apply if you are an already published playwright, or have within the last 5 years undergone drama school training, that resulted in an industry showcase.  Any questions, send an email to ~ more info on WoLab can be found: / Twitter: @WoLaboratory

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Expressingwordz seeking writer and producer for new theatre company

Expressingwordz is  a new theatre company in Sheffield and  theylooking for a writer and producer to join the team.

The first project will be a journey of an immigrant navigating a post-Brexit Britain, with the aim of taking the show to Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.

It is currently not a paid position but will be paid if funding is successful and profits from the show will be shared evenly. Future projects will then be decided amongst the team.

How to apply: If you are interested in being a part of this please apply with a cover letter (500 words max) about which role you wish to apply for, why you would want to join the project and your experience in theatre to

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Penguin launches search for new writers and illustrators with WriteNow2018

Penguin has  opened applications for WriteNow 2018, their programme which aims to find, mentor and publish new writers and illustrators from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves.

“We launched WriteNow because we know that books don’t reflect everyone in our society – there are still too many stories which are not being told, and too many voices which are overlooked. We want this to change.”

WriteNow offers:

  • Free workshops in Liverpool, London or Nottingham where budding writers and illustrators can learn more about the publishing process, hear from published authors and literary agents, and receive one-on-one feedback on their work from one of our editors or designers;
  • Chance to join their mentoring programme, being matched with a Penguin editor or designer for a year to develop their book or artwork.

“Now entering its third year, WriteNow is already having a tangible impact on our publishing – so far we’ve signed deals with 5 writers from the programme, with many more to come.”

Who can apply: the programme is aimed at people from under-represented communities including Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with disabilities and writers from socio-economically marginalised backgrounds. It is open to illustrators of children’s picture books this year for the first time.

How to apply: writers and illustrators need to visit for full details.

Deadline: 9 July 2018

Source: direct contact

The New Bridge Project call for applications for graduate programme, ‘The Collective Studio’ (paid)

The Collective Studio 2018-19 is a 9 month development programme for early-career and/or recent graduate artists and creative practitioners and is open for applications.

The Collective Studio provides practitioners with affordable studios & workspace, access to peer- led training and development events, mentoring and a series of professional creative opportunities to develop and challenge practice outside of an institutional framework and generate resilient approaches to creative practice.

The Collective Studio provides space to test out ideas and experiment within a supportive and critically engaged community. The Collective Studio purposefully takes a flexible approach to its curriculum, providing a range of different opportunities to suit a diverse range of practices, with a regular programme shaped by and for its members.

The Collective Studio is open to all creative disciplines including: visual artists, curators, filmmakers, photographers, performers, writers, architects, sound artists, designers and creative producers/organisers.

The Collective Studio follows an educational philosophy that advocates learner-chosen activities as a primary means for learning, preparing individuals for an uncertain and rapidly changing future. The programme evolves year on year, shaped by its cohort of members. This Collective Studio structure has evolved from previous graduate and artist development programmes and continues our commitment to artist-led programming. The Collective Studio is run by The NewBridge Project in partnership with Newcastle University & Newcastle Institute for Creative Arts Practice.

How to apply: to find out more information and how to apply click here.

Deadline: 2 July 2018 at 10am

Source: Arts Coucil Jobs

Write a 10-minute play – workshop with Martin Malcolm at Hackney Arts Centre

Playwright Martin Malcolm leads a dynamic workshop on how to craft a powerful short script. Learn where story ideas come from, how to structure them and how to turn them into compelling drama. The day includes a mixture of practical techniques and research excursions, as well as time to share your ideas and to write. You’ll find out what to do with your finished script, where to send it and where to find the best new writing nights to help you break into the theatre scene.

Martin’s plays include Icarus (Southwark Playhouse), Diggers (Theatre 503), Drifters (Bike Shed Theatre), NightFlyer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Kingdom of the Icebear (Rondo Theatre), Tiramisu (Wardrobe Theatre) and Warped (Arts Theatre). He’s currently writing Sea of Tranquillity for Baroque Theatre, about the first woman on the Moon. His work is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

Workshop date: 26 May 2018 at 10.30am

Location: Write a Ten-Minute Play, Saturday 26 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Work.Life, 1E Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3DQ

Cost: £35.75

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_Uk

Sketching seeking contributors for multi-authored show at Wilton’s Musical Hall

The new show Sketching will be a a multi-authored modern take on Charles Dickens’ chronicle of London life ‘Sketches By Boz’. Led by the playwright James Graham, they are now crowd-sourcing ideas and stories from writers for an autumn production at Wilton’s Music Hall in east London.

What they are looking for: writers to contribute strands, to help them work together to interweave them, and collaborate on generating more, together.

hey are deliberately, though not exclusively, seeking out stories and voices from underrepresented communities and people. This might include racially, regionally, socio-economically under-represented writers..

Oh, and you don’t have to be from London. James isn’t.

What you get: If successful you’ll be paid a commission of £1000 for your story, and then expenses to attend a masterclass week with professional artists and writers.

How to apply: find out full information on who and what they are looking for, examples of submissions and other criteria and submit your story on the Sketching website

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Sci-fi Theatre Networking Event with Cyborphic

Following their recent theatre festival, Talos IICyborphic have organised a networking event for creatives interested in science fiction theatre to exchange ideas, form collaborations and discuss the future of theatre in the UK and beyond. They welcome people who are into Genre Theatre more broadly, including Horror Theatre, Fantasy and the Weird.

Event details: the meeting will take place at the Barracks room of the Artillery Arms pub on Bunhill Row in the City of London, 7-9pm on the 25th of May 2018. The meeting is free to attend.

How to bookfind out more information and register here. 

Deadline: Not applicable 

Source: BBC Writersroom

HighTide First Commissions Scheme 2018 – 2019 open for applications

HighTide’s aim is to produce new theatre works by artists who are yet to receive their first commission. HighTide produces well-resourced debut productions with substantial research and development periods, which benefit from development with HighTide associates and audience feedback. HighTide’s artists are new, adventurous and diverse in terms of ethnicity, political philosophy and socio-economic backgrounds.

First Commissions is HighTide’s attachment programme for writers and theatre makers. Every year, they work with a number of emerging writers who have never received a full length play commission. Over an 18 month period they then aid them to:

  • Create a new theatre piece.
  • Make an application to Arts Council England’s Project Grants to cover a full commission fee and development budget.
  • Produce two rehearsed readings, showings or workshops in professional theatres or cultural organisations.
  • Collaborate with a wider creative team, usually in the form of a director or facilitator.
  • Engage an established theatre artist to act as a mentor and dramaturg.

This year they are excited to be working with 3 diverse and innovative partner organisations; ConeyEastern Anglesand Tamasha for the First Commissions programme.

How to apply: read the full guidelines and apply here.

Deadline: 14 June 2018

Source: Script Consultant e-newsletter

BAFTA Elevate Programme open for applications

Are you a writer? Are you trying to progress your career in film or television but you feel held back by your disability, gender, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background?

BAFTA is seeking 15 writers from areas of under-representation within our industries, including but not limited to the above, who must have at least one on-screen credit or commission for its latest BAFTA Elevate programme.

If selected by our panel of industry experts, you will receive a bespoke 12-month programme of support including networking opportunities, introductions, mentoring, tailored panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops focused on professional development.

How to apply: read the full guidelines and apply here.

Deadline: 25 May 2018

Source: Script Consultant e-newletter

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