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Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors

Get it Write is WRiTEON’s regular workshop which gives you the chance to see your words brought to life by a team of experienced actors and directors. You’ll also get feedback and suggestions for further development of characters, plot, theme and other aspects of your play. The upcoming workshop will be held on:

Sunday 21st January

Location TBC

How to apply: You’ll need to submit an extract from your play that is between 5 and 10 pages in length before Sunday 7th January. Your play will be given a time slot of one hour to be workshopped, but you’ll be welcome to stay as long as you like and take part in other writers’ sessions where comments on your writing might still be made and seeing other writers’ work on its feet will help you develop your own writing. Apply here.

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 15 December 2017

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Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week & featured posts; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (No deadline).

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Featured posts:

Write A Play with us this January with #WrAP initiative!

Festive Gift Guide 2017 – the best gifts for writers

How to reinvent a classic play while telling your own story

LPW Online Book Club – The Long Christmas Dinner

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival

From the Archive of our Advice Column, Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Opportunities with deadlines: 

Persistent and Nasty seeking female and femme-identifying writers – Deadline: 15 December 2017

Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for production at Southwark Playhouse – Deadline: 18 December 2017

Pluck Productions accepting submissions for scratch night – Deadline: 20 December 2018

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre – Deadline: 22 December 2018

Independent company seeking 60 minute play as part of a new writing festival – Deadline: 25 December 2017

Ashland New Plays Festival (Oregon, $15  entry, $1500 prize) – Deadline: 31 December (or when they receive 400 submissions)

Talos II: Science Fiction Theatre Festival – Call for Scripts – Deadline: 31 December 2017

Eurodram seeking full-length plays to promote to translators across Europe – Deadline: 5 January 2018

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid) – Deadline; 7 January 2018

The Female Gaze seeking monologues about women in film – Deadline: 8 January 2018

London Irish Green Curtain Theatre Company seeking short plays and monologues – Deadline: 8 January 2018

Steyning Festival Theatre Trails – Deadline: 12 January 2018

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays – 12 January 2018

BBC Writersroom DRAMA Script Room 2018 – Deadline: 15 January 2017

Blindspot Theatre seeking submssions for Coventry Theatre Festival – Deadline: 15 January 2018

BBC Cymru Wales seeking comedy writers for new writing initiative: Find Me Funny – Deadline: 18 January 2018

Space Theatre open call for submissions – Deadline: 19 January 2018 at 5pm

BBC World Service and British Council launch International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 – Deadline: 31 January 2018

Arundel Festival Theatre Trail/Drip Action Theatre Company seek short play– Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Script Room Seeking Submissions for March 2018 Showcase – Deadline: 31 January 2018

The Papatango New Writing Prize 2018 – Deadline: 28 February 2018

Events and workshops:

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre -Deadline for Applications 22 December 2018 at 5pm (Classes take place on Tuesdays 16 January- 27 March)

Write A Play (#WrAP2018) Online Writing Workshop – 1-31 January 2018

Writers’ Mutual writing group -currently taking place Wednesdays 11am- 1pm

Tell Yours 2018 – A Development Programme for Emerging Storytellers from Migrant Communities – 14 January – 20 May 2018

Criterion Theatre new writing workshops 2018-16 January – 19 September 2018

Ongoing submissions:

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

TheatreLab seeking scripts for rehearsed reading – Deadline: None Posted

Target Theatre Company seeking new plays for development – Deadline: None posted

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Ugly Duck offering cheap rehearsal space in Docklands – next few months for Edinburgh Fringe– Deadline: None posted

Three opportunities with Alphabetti Theatre and rolling deadlines– Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

London Poet seeking film makers to collaborate with – Deadline: none

Edgemar Center for the Arts (Santa Monica) seeking new work for 2017 season – Deadline: none

Batty Mama seeking writers/ artists – Deadline: none posted

Rich Gifts Theatre seeking writers – Deadline: rolling

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Online Playwriting Course with Live Theatre (£95-£495) – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

The Institute of Other seeking creative practitioners – Deadline: none posted

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: none posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: none posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: none (open submissions)

Actor Awareness seeking submissions on theme of ‘class’ (paid)

The next Actor Awarenss scratch night will be Sunday the 4th of February and the theme is Class.  The interpretation of the theme is down to you. They are looking for 4 pieces of new writing.
It will be part of the Actor Awareness partnership with Spotlight, so it is a paid opportunity, taking part in their studios in the heart of the West End.


How to apply: They  are looking for 4 shows, 15 mins long, maximum 3 actors per show plus the writer/ director, so 4 members in total for each group all under the set theme. Send all submissions to Actor Awareness new writing producer Stephanie Perry at stephaniefrancescap@hotmail.com for your submission entry. P
lease only attach your script, your name and a short synopsis of the piece, nothing else. 

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK

King’s Shorts accepting submissions of short plays

King’s Shorts, located in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada, is now in its twelfth year and they welcome scripts from all over the world.
A large majority of the plays received come from international playwrights and several have been presented on theirstage.
How to apply: Please check out their website  for more information and guidelines,
Deadline: 12 January 2018
Source: direct contact

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre

How to Begin Playwriting is a A ten week course which will give an insight into approaches to beginning playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques. Led by Suhayla El-Bushra, who was writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio from April 2015 to August 2016. Her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide appeared on the Lyttelton stage in 2016. The Course is led by Suhayla El-Bushra.

Dates: Tuesdays 16 Jan – 27 March (not 13 Feb), 6.30–8.30pm

Location: Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions) Concession prices are reserved for Senior Citizens and Students. Bursaries are available for this course; they are likely to cover between 10% and 25% of the total course cost and are assessed on a case by case basis.

How to apply: please visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/how-begin-playwriting-2018.

Deadline: 22 December 2017 at 5pm

Source: direct contact

Write A Play this January with #WrAP initiative!

Is your New Year’s Resolution to write more? Kickstart your writing goals with LPW, and sign up for #WrAP!  

You CAN write a play this January

What if we said you could write a play – YES a whole play – this January? Well, you can if you take part in Write a Play – or #WrAP as we’ll be calling it!

January is a time for new beginnings and new goals. Whilst taking up Badminton or signing up for ukulele lessons might make you feel accomplished, it won’t help you improve your playwriting skills – but actually doing some writing will! And we’re here to help.

Throughout the month we’ll be posting a whole host of writing prompts, exercises and resources to guide you through the process of getting your first draft on paper.

That’s impossible!

Maybe. Maybe not. It depends how dedicated you are about getting to the end of your script.

We were inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where each November writers take on the challenge of completing the first draft of a novel.

Writers who sign up for this challenge commit to writing a whopping 50,000 words in a month.

Considering that a stage play usually runs to a maximum of 10,000 words, we have full confidence you can do this. (And even if you don’t quite get to the end of your story, you’re guaranteed to have a lot more material to work with than if you never even tried.)

And remember, ultimately you can set the goal that works for you. Sounds a bit full on with your other commitments? Don’t worry. #WrAp is all about writing as much as you can manage in January; if you finish your play, great, if you only write 20 pages, also great – that’s 20 more pages than you had at the beginning of January.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who wants to write a play.

It might be your first play, it might be your fiftieth.

You don’t need to be based in London – this will all be happening online!

All that matters is that you want to join in and challenge yourself to write your play in January.

Wow. That sounds great. It must be really expensive.

NOPE!  Participation is FREE – but you have to be an LPW member.

If you want to participate in #WrAP, firstly, you’ll need to become a LPB member (read more about why here).

The good news is, that this costs around the same price per month as cup of coffee and by joining us you’ll really be helping us to support the next generation of playwrights (including you). You’ll also be getting access to some exciting member benefits.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get access to our exclusive members website and Facebook group and everything you need to take part in WrAP – more details on this below!

How does it work?

Throughout January, we’ll share regular writing prompts, exercises and online mini-workshops. These are all designed to support you in writing your play.

All the materials will be sent directly to your email inbox. (These will also posted online for easy reference if you want to look back at something that came before.)

The resources will take you chronologically through the playwriting process. We’ll kick off with looking at how to develop your idea and end with writing your final scene.

There will also be the opportunity for online discussion with fellow #WrAP writers (and us!) via our Members Facebook group, with scheduled sessions where you can ask questions or share concerns.

How do I sign up?

It’s super easy:

  1. Log on to our members site (if you need to join first, you can do so here).
  2. Go to the #WrAP Initiative page (note: you’ll need to be logged in as a member to access this).
  3. Sign up for the dedicated #WrAP email list.
  4. Check your inbox and click the confirmation link that you want to join.

That’s it!

Once you’re signed up, you’ll automatically receive all the emails and information when the initiative begins. (Keep your eyes peeled for a bit of inspiration that will be coming your way in late December!)

Privacy guarantee: this email will only be used for our 2018 #WrAP initiative. We don’t sell or share these, and won’t use it to send you anything you haven’t asked for.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

We’ll see you in January for some serious playwriting!

Festive Gift Guide 2017 – the best gifts for writers

Are you struggling to think of a fabulous festive gift for the writer in your life? I mean, apart from their laptop, what does a playwright even need these days? Well, look no further than our annual gift guide for writers, handpicked by the LPB team. From luxury splurges to notebooks that are almost too nice to write in to practical stocking fillers, we’ve got all bases covered. And, if you’re a writer hoping not to receive a pair of socks and a dodgy bath set this year, feel free to use this list as a subtle hint for your nearest and dearest! You’re welcome.

Also, did you know, that by shopping through the links provided in this list, you can help support LPB at absolutely no extra cost to you?  We’ve provided links to everything we’ve recommended here using the Amazon Affiliates scheme. Even if you DON’T buy the original item (and purchase something different ), if you click through any of our links to access the Amazon website, we’ll get a small percentage of the sale to help us keep running the blog, and it won’t cost you anything extra.  So if you are planning on shopping at Amazon this festive season, we’d really appreciate it if you clicked through from here first! Thanks!

Here are our handpicked gifts for writers in 2017:

1. Quality Notebooks


Ok, so notebooks feature on our list every year, but not only are they a necessity, they can also make a really great gift.  Scribbling down ideas in a nice notebook (rather than a boring  jotter pad) can feel like a real treat.

These Leather Notebooks from Luxelu London (£21.95) won’t let you down.

For some fun options, check out the NPW Spiralbound Notebook (£7.50) at the top of this section or a gorgeous and colourful selection by Notebook Love (£9.79).

And if all else fails, you can’t go wrong with a Moleskine Notebook  (£13.74).

2. Creative Pens

Another obvious choice but, stay with us here: pens don’t have to be boring. We have a particular soft spot for Cross, who helped sponsor our 2015 Dark Horse Festival in London Writers’ Week; Cross Pens (£32.98) like the one pictured above give jewellery a run for its money in the meaningful gift stakes.

And, if you don’t want to break the bank, the Parker Jotter Pens (£11.99) are available in a range of colours and come in a snazzy gift box.

Or if you’re looking for a stocking filler, these Fun Maze Pens (£2.95) make for a distracting novelty gift!

3. The greatest gift of all:
Membership to London Playwrights’ Workshop!

Want a gift that keeps on giving? Sign up for an annual membership for London Playwrights’ Workshop and have access to exclusive member benefits for the whole year. Benefits include access to our New Year’s Writing Jumpstart (details to be announced soon!), online resources, member meetups, discounted course bookings, playwrights’ book club, support from our growing online community – and you’ll also be helping to support us to continue doing great work for playwrights. 🙂

You can sign up for monthly membership via the link below:

www.londonplaywrights.org/join

If you’re interested in gifting an annual membership, email us at members@londonplaywrights.org and we’ll be happy to help!

4. Into the Woods (*2015 & 2016 Top Seller*)

Structure is an ongoing challenge for most playwrights, and this book provides a fascinating grounding in how to construct a story so readers can’t turn away. Combining how-to tips with helpful examples, this title demystifies the story-making process. This is one of those staples you’ll find yourself turning to time and again – the writer’s version of the gift that keeps on giving. (£6.99/ Kindle Edition £5.49)

5. Time Management – a new year resolution head start!


Since most writers also have a ‘day-job’, finding the time to write is a common a challenge. It can get even more complicated with coordinating sending out and tracking your submissions.

Ok, so you can’t actually buy time management but there are a plethora of books out there filled with hacks to help you make the most of your time, like How to Be a Productivity Ninja (£6.99). Getting Things Done (£10.99) is another great book to help with boosting productivity. A good daily planner or journal can also be really useful for effectively planning your time, we like this one by Life Up (£8.99).

6. Shakespeare Mug

Stereotypically, writers drink a lot of caffeine whilst working late into the night , ferociously typing out their latest masterpieces. In reality, we tend to use making a cup of tea as a way to procrastinate; unless of course, we could look at Shakespeare stuff at the same time, and then we’d technically still by writing, right? Maybe not, but this Picturemaps Shakespeare Mug (£10.33) makes for a thoughtful gift anyway.

7. Writers and Artists Yearbook 2018


An absolute essential for every writer’s bookshelf, this book (£17.29) has everything you need to get a piece of writing finished, and get it noticed. It’s not only packed with inspiration and guidance from experts but contains a whopping 4,5000 industry names to help you to get your work noticed.

8. Desk Decorations


Every writer dreams of a Pinterest worthy workspace and this Karlsson Desk Clock (£16.64) will add a stylish statement to any desk.

If you’re into on-trend Copper hues, why not match it with this Caveen Pencil Holder (£10.99) or this Design Ideas Letter Holder (£17.99) and create a space that is both organised and looks nice!

9. The splurge: Amazon Echo 


If you want to play music, listen to audiobooks and ask questions whilst keeping your hands free for bashing away on that laptop, the Amazon Echo (£89.99) is the gadget for you. A hi-tech addition to any desk, the Echo makes a fun and practical gift for that gift you want splurge on.

Image by Aurimas via Flickr Creative Commons

LPW Online Book club – join us!

The LPW Online Book Club is our latest initiative, exclusive for our members.

Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

More about the Book Club…

For our first outing, we’ll be reading Hamlet. There’s a good chance you’ve encountered this play before – but analyzing it as a playwright is an entirely different experience. We’ll be approaching the text from a writer’s perspective to look at why it works and has continued to fascinate generations of theatremakers and audiences.

How does it work? 

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

When does it start? 

We’re giving you two weeks to read the play, and then discussion will start at lunchtime on Friday 15 September 2017. Don’t worry if you haven’t finished the play by then, we’ll be starting at the beginning with our discussion, so there will still be a lot that you can get out of it.

However, we can’t be held liable for any spoilers, so if this is something that will bother you, probably best to finish the play before the book club starts.

We’ll be discussing the play in the Facebook Group throughout the rest of the month of September, so if there’s a question or a topic you want to explore with a group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity.

Find out more and sign up to become a member here!