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LPW Online Book club – Fen

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).

This month’s pick

In October 2017, the LPW Book Club is going to be reading Fen by Caryl Churchill.

Why did we pick this?

Caryl Churchill is an iconic playwright, but Fen is one of her less frequently produced works. Even if you’ve encountered it before, 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 is a modern classic and has continued to fascinate generations of theatremakers and audiences.

And even better? We’re reading it just in time to prep you to submit for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission!

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 (1pm) on Friday 20 October 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 October, so if there’s a question or a topic you want to explore with a group of writers, this is the perfect opportunity.

Need a copy?

If you need to buy a copy, you can do so at the link below. (And if you buy through this Amazon Affiliate link, a small portion of the sale will go towards supporting LPW – at NO extra charge to you!)

You can get Fen in this collection of Caryl Churchill’s plays, which also includes Top Girls and other works.

Caryl Churchill: Plays Two (£17.99)

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

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Bryony Kimmings November 2017 Workshop

Bryony Kimmings teaches all over the UK. Her aim is to dispel the myths surrounding the “difficulty” of being an artist, whether that be in a creative or economic way. 

Her workshops are light, fun, painless and very active. They concern themselves with establishing both an excellent concept for a piece of work and a clear audience intention.

This November she will be running a week-long playwriting workshop for those wishing to write a new piece of work, but struggling with where to start.

In their words: “If you are about to make a new piece of work, are looking for inspiration or need to take a bit of a break to go back to the roots of your art passion then this is the week for you.

A carefully selected group of people will delve deep for a week of love, action, politicisation and conversation. I will touch on individuality, concept, style, creating new material and dreaming big as well as how to write about your work, how to brand yourself, how to engage with your audience, possible wrap around activity for your practice and getting your work noticed by producers, promoters and press.

If you feel you need an overhaul in direction, if you feel your degree never actually taught you how to be an artist or you just need the time and space to discuss, write and cry with a group of strangers then join me in November!”

Course dates: 27th November – 1st December, 10am-4pm Monday – Friday

How to book: If you would like to book a space, send over a CV and a brief description on why you would like to take part to info@bryonykimmings.com.

Cost: £300 for the week (£150 deposit to secure your place and £150 required two weeks prior)

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Lyric Writing For Playwrights: An Introduction (LPW Workshop)

Are you interested in using lyrics in your plays or even writing for musical theatre? Learn how to channel your playwriting skills in a new direction to open new doors.

This half-day intensive uses encourages participants to open their imaginations and work with language in a new way as they explore the intricacies of lyric writing.

Playwrights generally have a good instinct for compelling turns of phrase, but turning these into songs requires a different skillset. Powerful dialogue, or even beautiful poetry, do not necessarily translate into effective song lyrics.

Whether you want to write for a band or a West End stage, there are certain patterns and tricks that songwriters use to make their lyrics compelling and exciting.

This workshop will cover:

  • Inspiration – finding and nurturing song ideas
  • Structure – finding the right frame for your idea
  • Rhyme – when to use it, when not to, and the wisdom to know the difference
  • Feel & Flow – how to judge the ‘singability’ of your lyrics
  • The basic ‘rules’ of lyric writing – and also how and when to break them.
  • Where to go next – ideas for continuing to develop your skills as a songwriter

This workshop is primarily targeted at people who want to write songs for characters (building on their skills as playwrights), but that doesn’t mean you need to be interested in writing for musical theatre.

Each participant will complete a series of writing exercises during the workshop, that will see them leave with lyric ideas and a clear plan for how to take these forward and continue to develop them into complete songs.

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is open to all.

Participants who already have some basic knowledge of songwriting may be familiar with some of the material covered, but they will be challenged to use this in new ways through the writing exercises.

Please note that you do not need to be a musician or have any previous experience of writing music. However, a love of good songs is strongly recommended!

Preparation

There is no need to prepare work in advance, but participants will need to bring a notebook and pen for writing exercises.

If possible, participants should also bring a rhyming dictionary or a smartphone with internet access.

When and where

Date and time: Saturday 11 November 2017 from 10.00am-1.00pm

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2M 2PA (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/Moorgate)

Cost: £41.50 members / £55 non-members*

*You can become a member for the price of a cup of coffee a month – this supports the blog and as a thank you gives you access to special benefits, resources, and discounts. Join here: www.londonplaywrights.org/join

How to book

Members booking:

Please click through to access our members portal and book at the discounted rate.

https://www.londonplaywrights.org/members-booking-lyric-writing/

Non-members:

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Places are limited and reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leader

A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter, songwriter, and the Director of London Playwrights’ Workshop. As a lyricist, she has been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Artists of Choice Awards and the Perfect Pitch Awards. As part of Barlow & Smith, her work includes DREAM QUEEN (Globe Theatre), VANYA’S (development support from Old Vic Workrooms and Criterion Theatre), THE GAME (St James Studio), THE NEXT STEP (HighTide), and numerous cabaret engagements including the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Gala. Their debut album CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY can be found on iTunes. She A.C. studied songwriting with Book Music & Lyrics, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Opera House, and the Institute of Contemporary Musical Performance, and is currently a member of the Mercury Musical Developments Advanced Writers Lab.

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Curious about our other workshops?  Check out the full listings here!

 

Writing For TV: Making the Transition From Stage To Screen (LPW Workshop)

Interested in writing for TV but not sure how to start? Curious about how to get your work seen by the right people? Wondering how to juggle the creative and industry demands of creating stories for the small screen?

During this intensive half-day session, playwright and screenwriter Sumerah Srivastav will guide you through the practical and creative steps of building a career in writing for TV.

Many writers successfully work both for stage and screen, but it isn’t always the easiest thing to know how to get started. While creative careers always have an element of unpredictability, there is a standard career progression many TV writers follow. This course will cover how to get started on the ground floor, and tips for success to build this into a career.

Whether you’re a playwright looking to expand your creative output, or a screenwriter looking for practical industry insight, this workshop will help connect you with the resources you need to pursue writing for television.

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is open to all.

Preparation

There is no need to prepare work in advance, though each participant will be asked to submit in advance a burning question or topic they would like to see covered. You will likely want to bring a notebook and pen to take notes.

When and where

Date and time: Saturday 11 November 2017 from 2.30-5.30pm

Venue: Theatre Delicatessen Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2M 2PA (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/Moorgate)

Cost: £41.50 members / £55 non-members*

*You can become a member for the price of a cup of coffee a month – this supports the blog and as a thank you gives you access to special benefits, resources, and discounts. Join here: www.londonplaywrights.org/join

How to book

Members booking:

Please click through to access our members portal and book at the discounted rate.

https://www.londonplaywrights.org/members-booking-writing-for-tv/

Non-members:

Click the button below to book.

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Places are limited and reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leader

Sumerah Srivastav is a playwright and television writer currently on contract to EastEnders. She has been identified as a rising star in the BBC’s 2017 New Talent Hotlist and is currently one of fifteen writers invited onto the MediaXchange and Creative Skillset’s Advanced Writing for HETV drama programme. As a playwright she has been a member of the Royal Court’s Critical Mass and Studio Writers’ programmes, Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Initiative, Orange Tree Writers Collective and The Criterion playwright programme. Her plays include Jigsaw, Veiled & Vinegar, The Fairy King, Space Invaders, Downfall and Border Liesand have been performed at Soho, Tristan Bates, Redbridge Drama Centre, Contact, Orange Tree and The Pleasance. She has a number of projects for stage and screen in development and is represented by Kitson Press Associates.

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Playwriting Workshops with John Burgess in Burgundy, France

John Burgess, an experienced dramaturge, will be leading a 3 day workshop at L’Espace in Burgundy, Northern France. The workshop will consist of expert guidance and tuition. A further 3 days will then be given over to writing and work-shopping your own work, should you wish to take part.

About John Burgess: “John Burgess is a freelance director and lives in London. He worked for fourteen years at the National Theatre where he directed works from the classical, romantic and modern repertoires as well as many new plays. He helped found the NT Studio in 1984 and was the National Theatre’s Head of New Writing 1989-94. He has directed in the UK, Switzerland, Scandinavia and North America and is the author of The Faber Pocket Guide to Greek and Roman Drama.”

The week spent at  L’espace will consist of:

Day 1: Welcome dinner and introductions.

Days 2,3,4: Workshop with John Burgess 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm, with time for reading and ‘homework’. The three days will cover basic building blocks; words of one syllable, rhythm, exits and entrances, building a page, surprise, stichomythia, images, actions, silence.

Days 5 & 6: Free for personal writing.

Day 7: Departure.

All meals, drinks and station pick-up included.

Who’s it for? This course is for emerging and experienced writers with a committed interest in dramatic and performance text. A maximum of 6 participants will be able to take part.

Course Dates: 5-11 October 2017 and 9-14 November 2017

Cost: TBA

Location: L’Espace in Burgundy, Northern France.

How to book: For more information, or to book a place on this course, please email jftmorley@hotmail.com.

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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!

 

Cardboard Citizens: Introduction to Forum Theatre Masterclass (£450 – £552 cost)

Cardboard Citizens is renowned as being one of the world’s leading Forum Theatre companies, and they are running a 5 day intensive Forum Theatre course led by their artistic director Adrian Jackson.

In their words: “Participants will learn how to devise a Forum Theatre piece and how to conduct a public Forum session. The week will culminate with a performance of the Forum Theatre pieces devised by the group to an invited audience of friends. The course will also explore Legislative Theatre practice – a method in which Forum Theatre is used as a basis for the formulation of policy, rules or legislation.”

Who’s it for? This course is suitable for beginners. It’s a great introduction for anyone interested in using theatre as a tool for debate and social change with communities, for example theatre practitioners, social activists, teachers, community workers and youth workers.

Course Dates: Monday 4 to Friday 8 September 2017 10am – 6pm

Cost: £450 – £552 for the entire course 

Location: Cardboard Citizens, London, E1 1EJ

How to book: Please click here to book a place.

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Playwriting Courses at The National Theatre (£500/£350 concessions cost)

The National Theatre are launching their series of Autumn Playwriting courses! For the first time, they are running both the ‘How to begin playwriting’ and the ‘How to develop your playwriting’ courses simultaneously, so there is plenty on offer for writers of all levels.

How to Begin Playwriting: 

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.

Course dates: Tuesdays 19 Sep – 28 Nov (not 24 Oct), 6.30–8.30pm.

Location: Clore Learning Centre.

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions)

How to apply: Please click here to book your place on this course.

How to Develop your Playwriting: 

A ten-week course which will give an insight into developing your playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques.

Course dates: Fridays 22 Sep – 1 Dec (not 27 Oct), 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Location: Clore Learning Centre.

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions)

How to apply: Please click here to book your place on this course.

Deadline: The deadline for both is 8 September 2017 at 5pm. 

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6 week playwriting workshop with Lee Anderson at the Arcola (£85 cost)

The Arcola are running a 6 week playwriting workshop titled: WRITING FOR THE STAGE – CONSENTING ADULTS COPY. The course will be run by playwright Lee Anderson.

About Lee Anderson: “Lee Anderson is a playwright and dramaturg based in London and working internationally. He is Writer-in-Residence with SQUINT theatre company and Co-Artistic Director of Performance Anxiety. As a playwright, Lee’s work has been presented at The Pleasance (‘Molly’, SQUINT), Tristan Bates Theatre (‘Poles Apart’, Like The Clappers), The Lion and the Unicorn (‘Skin Deep’, Attila Theatre), and Theatre N16 (‘How Many’, Pokfukam Rd Productions). His work has been longlisted for both the Papatango Playwriting Prize and Old Vic 12.”

Course content: These workshops will enable budding playwrights to create their first draft of an original, one act play. Over the course of six-weeks, the group will focus on a different instrument in the playwright’s toolbox – from crafting dialogue and constructing characters, to structuring your play and finding a dramatic form.

Each session will last for 2 hours, and will involve a mixture of practical exercises, lively discussion and script readings. There will also be opportunities for writers to share their work and hear extracts read aloud. In the final week, writers have the option of submitting a first-draft of their play and receiving detailed feedback on it, and/or hearing an extract of their work read to the group.

Who’s it for? The workshops are aimed at budding playwrights aged 16+, with no previous experience required.

Course dates: Tuesday 31 October – Tuesday 5 December 8pm-10pm

How to book: Please click here to book a place.

Cost: £85 for the entire course

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Playwrights’ Redrafting Workshop (with Jennifer Farmer)

If you’ve written a first draft of a play but need help getting it to the final stages, Jennifer Farmer is hosting a redrafting workshop to help you get there.

Course Content: If you’ve completed your first draft but can’t see the play for the words! This intensive workshop will arm you with the exercises, tips and tools to bring focus, clarity and consistency to your play, helping your characters, structure and narrative work together. You will be able to shape and sharpen your work into a stronger, cohesive and dynamic play.

Who’s it for? This workshop is for playwrights who have completed at least one full draft of their play. Plays are to be submitted to the tutor prior to the workshop to help address playwrights’ individual needs.

After the workshop, each playwright will receive a detailed report and action plan.

Course Dates: Saturday 12 August (10:30am – 4:30pm)

Location: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH (nearest tube: Liverpool Street) 

Cost: £66-£88

How to book: Please click here to book a place.

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