Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Playwriting at the Pit Workshops return for 2019

The Playwriting at the Pit workshops return for 2019. They are a sounding board for writers at all stages of development, a space for work in progress and a launch pad for new ideas.

Saffron Myers (Paines Plough, Hampstead Theatre) and Mike Carter (The Space, London Playwriting Lab, South London Writers’ Group) are delighted be working at the Cockpit Theatre studios this Spring to help develop more plays and support more new writing.

How it works: Playwriting at the Pit has been devised to support writers with new work. Whether you are established or just starting out, we can help you focus, get your ideas on paper and move forward with your drafts. The programme comprises nine weekly sessions led by Saffron and Mike at the Cockpit with a writing week for you to work on your play in your own time.

When and where: Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 730-930pm as below. The Cockpit is a short walk from Marlybone Station.

  • 27th February 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 6th March 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 13th March 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 20th March 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 27th March Writing Week (No session)
  • 3rd Apriil 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 10th April 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 17th April 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre
  • 24th April 7:30-930pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theate
  • 1st May 7:30-9:30pm Studio 1 Cockpit Theatre

What you get: ​You will be given a series of exercises tailored to your goals and tried and tested tools to develop your skills. You will also have the chance to work with professional actors too see your words come to life. You will benefit from mentoring throughout and a one to one session on a completed draft once you’ve finished.

How to book: here, places cost £135-£180

Deadline: not applicable but the course starts on 27 February 2019 

Source: direct contact

New workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan

“We need stories again. In a time of poverty, we need our storytellers do their work properly. It is only through lightness, fun and anarchy that we can investigate the darkest areas of human existence. So we investigate horror with lightness and play. “
Simon Stephens

After the success of last year’s workshop, Simon Stephens will be back at The Art Land (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan) for another two-day workshop.

The great British playwright (one of the most prominent 20 years!) Will will share  his personal and fascinating perspective on playwriting with exercises and food for thoughtful discussions, and focusing on stories and the need for irony, surprise and honesty. 

It is a unique opportunity, for beginners and experienced writers alike, to study with a brilliant and engaging master really passionate about his job.

Place are limited to 15 and the workshop will be held in English

How to apply for a place: please send an email with your artistic CV and a link to a self-presentation video in English. Please write “Simon Stephens Workshop 2019” as a subject line and send your application to 

The participation fee for the workshop is 200 Euros. Find out more here. 

Workshop date: 22-23 June 2019

Deadline: 30 March 2019 

Source: direct contact

The Writers’ Toolkit, with Cordelia Lynn & Lucy Kirkwood

The Writers’ Toolkit – with Cordelia Lynn and Lucy Kirkwood is a workshop with Cordelia Lynn, followed by a Q&A with Cordelia and Lucy Kirkwood.

“An in depth workshop for playwrights to explore character and develop location”.

Date: 22 February 2019

Location: St Gabriel’s Church, Warwick Square, London, SW1V 2AD

Cost: £27.24

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Sitcom and Comedy Writing Workshop by Bennett Arron

Have you always wanted to write Comedy? Do you have an idea for a Sitcom but don’t know where to start? Have you started a Sitcom script but don’t know how to finish it? Whether you are a first time writer looking how to start from scratch or an experienced writer wanting to develop your existing idea, this Sitcom Writing Workshop will help.

Find out more and book here.

Date: 12 March 2019

Cost: from £89.21

Location: The Nursery Theatre, SE13QD

Deadline: Not applicable

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

City Lit Course: Developing your Playwriting

Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work in this playwriting course at City Lit with Dawn King. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.

Course Dates: 17 January 2019 – 28 March 2019
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 
Location: KS – Keeley Street 
Cost: £199 (concessions available)

How to book: find out more and book here.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

On a quarterly basis, we organise a get-together with our members. This a friendly, informal gathering that offers a chance to chat with like-minded writers and meet the LPW Team!

Our next meetup will take place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Old Diorama Studios, and we thought it, after #WrAP2019, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to share some of your work and get some feedback from other LPW members.

How does it work? members are invited to bring in 5 pages of their script  for sharing in the group and during the session, there will be plenty of opportunity to try out your ideas, discuss your work and get some tips for redrafting from the LPW team.

What time is it?  the session is planned to run from 2pm – 4pm but if there is high demand for the event, we may split the session in to two time slots – we want to make sure everyone gets the chance to share their work and we don’t want to turn members away! If this happens, we’ll start the first session at 1pm. We’ll confirm this in the new year, once we’ve got a better idea of numbers.After the session, we’ll head to the bar next door so you can carry on the conversation! 

Do I need to have participated in #WrAP2019 to attend? Nope, we’d love to catch up with as many of our members as possible, so if you didn’t take part in WrAP this time around, don’t let it put you off. Feel free to bring 5 pages with you from any script you’ve been working on!

What should I bring with me? Please bring enough copies of your 5 pages for the characters in your play to share 1 between 2.

How to book: members can book their free tickets here. Please note, booking is absolutely essential so that we can plan the session accordingly.

Not a member yet? You can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month and get access to events such as these, #WrAP2019 and many more exciting member benefits. Read more here. 

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club

The Writer’s Club is a unique club for playwrights, where writers come together to develop their scripts, learn, share and inspire. It takes place fortnightly on Saturdays 11am – 1pm or Monday evenings 6pm – 8pm at Calder Bookshop & Theatre, Waterloo, London.

The next term starts in January, read more here.

How to apply: membership fee is £100 a term (every 4 months).  To apply you will need to submit two samples of your work (no more than 10 minutes each). Places  are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.  To apply, visit the website. 

Deadline: none posted 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester)

This is a  full day practical workshop were you will be asked to write and participate and share ideas.

Why are some characters funnier than others? Why was Friends so much better in the first two seasons? Why don’t comedic characters have to have character arcs? Why are British and American comedies different – and are they really? And how, dear God, do you construct an effective plotline?!

If these are the kind of questions you ponder of a weekend, and if you have a head full of sitcom characters and mirthful plotlines, this workshop could be for you. We’ll focus on how you can structure ideas into effective and funny scripts, looking especially at the ins and outs of narrative structure, and how that can be the maker or breaker of your script.

Date: 28 January 2018, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £39.89

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Arcola Theatre: Scriptwriting Masterclass – Bending the rules

This weekend masterclass will explore ways to bend the established rules of scriptwriting. It will consider bedrocks of dramatic writing such as plot, character and setting, and the way conflict and change are typically enacted by –  or against – these.

During the weekend they’ll ask to what extent received ideas and rules about scriptwriting are relevant now.  Participants will explore these questions through discussion and sustained writing exercises, riffing off playwriting traditions but also looking beyond these towards performance art and devised theatre.

This workshop is led by writer and theatre-maker Tim Cowbury.

Course dates: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2019, 10am-5pm (including one-hour lunch break)

Cost: £170

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK