Category Archives: Education

Scriptwriting short course with Simon Stephens at Manchester Met. University (£350)

This three-day course will offer an active interrogation of the fundamental principles of dramatic writing. Through a combination of script analysis and exercises that Simon Stephens and Anjum Malik employ in their own work as well as a broader philosophical consideration of the mechanics of playwriting the three days will consider, among other questions, the fundamental nature of dramatic action, dramatic dialogue, narrative and structure as well as creative process.

Course dates: 24 – 26 April 2018.

Cost: £350

Location: Manchester Met. University

To applydownload an application form or contact

Deadline: None posted, but the course starts on 24 April 2018

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Bloomsbury Publishing: Writing for the Stage with David Eldridge

Step inside Bloomsbury Publishing for an evening on writing for the stage with David Eldridge, the acclaimed writer of the must-see hit, Beginning!

Join them as leading dramatist, David Eldridge, is in conversation with fellow playwright Dan Rebellato at Bloomsbury’s stunning London headquarters talking playwriting, storytelling on stage, screen and radio and his illustrious writing career to date for one night only.

Date: 24 April 2018, 6.30pm- 8pm

Cost: From £11.37

Location: Bloomsbury Institute, WC1B 3DP

How to book: via the website

How To Begin Playwriting with Andrew Muir at The National Theatre (£500/£350)

This 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 Andrew Muir.

Dates: This course will take place on Friday mornings 19.30am – 12.30pm from Friday 20th April – Friday 6th July (Not 25th May or 1st June)

Cost: £500 (£350 concessions) Bursary places available.

How to apply: Visit the website for more information

Deadline for applications: 3 April 2018 at 10am

Source: Direct contact

BBC – A Celebration of Moving On – Screening and Q&A Event

Moving On, the amazing BBC drama series created by Jimmy McGovern and made in Liverpool by LA Productions, has reached an amazing 50 episodes, but what is the secret of its success?

Meet the team behind this very successful series and enjoy a special screening of the landmark 50th episode.

Some facts about Moving On:

Moving On is in its tenth series, all series have been filmed in and around Liverpool using local businesses and tradespeople.

Moving On is proactive in targeting new writers to give them their first TV commission. Vivienne Harvey (RTS-nominated forEighteen, Series 8), Nick Leather (Murdered For Being Different,Broken), Esther Wilson (Call The Midwife, The Street) and actress Jodhi May (Invisible, Series 9) all got their first TV commission on Moving On.

When:  Wednesday 21st March at 6.30pm

Where: The Compass Room, Lowry Theatre, PIER 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ

How to book: This is a free event – book your ticket here

Deadline: None, but tickets are expected to go fast!

Source: BBC Writersroom

LPW Online Book Club – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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

For our March selection, the LPW Book Club is going to be reading Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams.

Why did we pick this?

Tennessee is Williams is one of the most revered American playwrights, and it’s easy to see why Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is up there with his most famous plays. The play tackles big, universal themes from family to deceit to desire – and despite being written in 1955, it still feels relevant today.

Set in Mississippi, Williams encapsulates the atmosphere of the 1950’s South perfectly – the razor sharp dialogue and vibrant characters will have you not wanting to put this one down!

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?

Discussion will start on 4 April 2018 at 7.30pm. 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.

Please note, the date of this month’s book club is slightly later than usual due to the Easter break, we hope this will give you plenty of time to read to play and discuss it with us on 4 April, but we will be leaving the discussion open afterwards if there are any questions or topics you want to explore after this date.

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!)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (£7.99)

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

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Common Ground: Discussion on career progression for working-class playwrights at the Royal Court

This COMMON GROUND discussion is aimed exclusively at working-class* playwrights, offering a platform for artists to come together and discuss the barriers to career progression that they face in the UK theatre industry.

It is also an opportunity for COMMON to ask for your suggestions towards an initiative we are developing to support working-class playwrights across the UK.

The discussion is open to playwrights of all styles and in all stages of their career, including early-career, mid-career and established, writers-in-residence, naturalistic writers, surrealist writers etc.

Date and time: 26 March 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, Rehearsal room

How to book: via the website

Cost: FREE

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Write Theatre playwriting course – places available

WRITE  THEATRE is a series of unique, intensive courses for emerging theatre writers run by established playwrights. As well as working with the tutors, participants will have the opportunity to have their writing workshopped and rehearsed with very experienced professional actors.

Course Dates: The Spring 2018 Write Theatre course will take place at The Cockpit over the weekends of 28th / 29th April and 12th /13th May.

How to book: Visit the website

Deadline: None posted, but places are strictly limited

Source: Direct contact

March 2018 Sunday London Writing Retreat at St Pancras Clock Tower

This retreat has a maximum of 11 places, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so if you feel like you want to spend a day on this retreat to work on your writing secure a place today. For more details, visit the website.

Cost: £45 – you can receive £10 discount by using the code ‘SUNDAY’ when you book

Date: 18 March 2018 at 10.30am- 5.30pm

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Free writing workshops with Papatango’s GoWrite

Papatango launched GoWrite, a brand new arm for participation and engagement, in June 2017. GoWrite will deliver an ambitious year-round programme of in-depth playwriting workshops and education opportunities for over four thousand people each year – all completely free.

Every part of GoWrite is directly inspired by their professional opportunities. Participants will be empowered to write their own plays and continue their playwriting journeys with Papatango long into the future.

There will be various opportunities to participate in GoWrite in 2018: 

Workshops in state schools are modelled on the Papatango New Writing Prize; students’ plays are published and performed by professional actors. Read more here.

Adult workshops are led by Papatango discoveries and artists, are available online, and include bursaries to cover travel costs for those attending in person. Read more here.

A fortnightly online career facilitation service run by the Papatango team will answer all your questions about Papatango, playwriting, or theatre in general. Access it here between 10am – 12pm on alternate Thursdays (next date: 15 March).

Playwriting courses are run for local communities at Luton Hat Factory and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, each culminating in a rehearsed reading, free to local audiences. Read more here.

GoWrite is delivered with partners including Shakespeare Schools Festival, Ovalhouse, Performers Theatre School Liverpool, and the House touring network.

Deadline: Various, check the website for details

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

The WGGB has launched a free resource on musical theatre. The Musical Theatre Kit covers creation, development and production and signposts the places where detailed information can be found about each aspect of the process.

The Kit explores how musical theatre is a collaborative art-form. It recognises that the material is created by a combination of book writers, composers and lyricists – or devised by a collective of writers and performers.

It initially focuses on helping this writing team with copyright ownership, copyright merging and small rights issues. Advice on the key steps for writers is supplied, alongside additional online sample contracts and resources.

The focus then shifts to advice on working with the source material itself, whether an original story, an adaption of existing material in the public domain – out of copyright – or an adaption of an existing work that is still in copyright.

The Kit also investigates the part of the process when the appropriate rights have been acquired, the collaboration agreement has been reached, and the writing process begins.

Finally, advice is offered to writers at the stage when turning the ideas into production kicks off in earnest, after the musical has been written.

At each stage, the budding writer and working partners are given information and sources to smooth their path. This Kit should prove a vital document in encouraging and supporting writers for musical theatre.

How to get it: The Musical Theatre Kit is available online as a free PDF, which you can download here.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group