Category Archives: Writing Workshops

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

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

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

Royal Court announce series of workshops for women

This series of workshops are being created to further empower women in the arts, champion the growth of female leadership and to interrogate the current state of creative industries. The objective: for women to take up space.

The workshops will be documented on the Royal Court Theatre’s Blog in order to continue the conversation actively and widely.

Workshops will be led by Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director), Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Geraldine Vaughan (Trainee, Admin And Producing), Alex Constantin (Interim Company Manager), Romina Ahearne (Assistant to Executives), Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant), Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court), Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader)

Workshops will include;

100 years: 100 years since some women were given the right to vote – what do we hope that the next 100 years will look like? Workshops facilitated by Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader).

“Alongside the workshops, we invite visions for an ideal future in 100 years from now, through a series of questions that will be live on the Royal Court website. We will then collate these responses as well as those created in the workshop, and accumulate them into a series of stimulus for writers.”

Play in a day – Facilitated by Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant) and Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director). A workshop for those who’ve never written a play before, but have a story that they want to tell.

Women offstage – Facilitated by Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) and Alex Constantin (Interim Company Manager). A workshop to showcase roles offstage for women in theatre. This event will include a guided tour backstage and a workshop with members of the production department, Young Court department and stage management. We want to explore the opportunities that are currently available for these roles and encourage more women to take up space backstage.

Empowerment and Taking Up Space – Facilitated by Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court) and Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader). Our Empowerment and Taking Up Space workshop is aimed at those aged 14 – 18.  This is a space to express opinion and to ask questions through a series of exercises and discussions. Young women’s voices are often silenced, patronised or ignored and we want to encourage them to take up space and be activists of their own future.

Script Club – recurring. Facilitated by Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Ellie Horne (Literary Assistant) and Romina Ahearne (Assistant to the executives). Each month, we’ll read and discuss a play that is written by a woman. This will be discussion based, and we are excited for participants to bring their own knowledge of female led work. We will give notice of which play we intend to discuss, and participants can either purchase their own copy or read a copy from the building.

A networking event for Women of Colour in theatre. – Facilitated by Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production), Monica Siyanga (Trainee, Casting), Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director), Jasmyn Fisher-Ryner (Trainee, Young Court) and Geraldine Vaughan (Trainee, Admin And Producing), Are you a producer, writer, director or designer seeking collaborators or to simply wish to broaden your network? We invite WoC to come and talk with each other about their experiences and interests within the arts. This will involve a ‘speed dating’ networking session.

Discussion: Are quotas helpful or harmful?  – Facilitated by Milli Bhatia (Trainee Director) Alysha Laviniere (Trainee, Production) and Ellie Fulcher (Young Court Workshop Leader). Examining current models and structures that strive for diversity, inclusion and integration, and looking to a possible future. What are the next active steps we need to take in order to diversify our industry? A workshop culminating in break out groups and discussion.

The workshops are free and for anyone who is non binary or who identifies as a woman, of any age and experience.

How to book: Booking for the first series of workshops will open the week commencing 19 March 2018. Please sign up to the Royal Court mailing list here to be informed as to when booking opens.

Dates: TBC

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Director’s Cut Theatre: spaces available at The Writers’ Club

A few spaces have opened up for new members of The Writers’ Club.  The Writers Club is a club and artistic community of professional artists like no other, with fortnightly workshops, and extra opportunities to get involved in, such as rehearsed readings, showcases, free rehearsal space at top London theatres to workshops your script, free workshops at the directors club at Southwark Playhouse on their cross-connection weeks, networking events, socials, and more.

Cost: Membership is £80 for 4 months

Dates; The Writers Club takes place fortnightly on Monday’s 6-8pm of Saturday’s 11am-1pm at Calder Bookshop & Theatre.

How to apply: Places are limited so if you are interested in joining please email on along with two 10 minute (max) scripts you have written. For more information, visit the website. 

Deadline: 2 April 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Pleasance Theatre Budgeting and Fundraising Workshop

At this workshop, Associate Producer Heather Rose gives an overview of budgeting and cashflow for a production, answering questions about overheads, rates of pay and offering some useful templates, followed by a look at income streams, including in-kind support, box office income, and crowdfunding. Finally, Catherine Willmore, Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, gives an overview of the new lottery project grants including tips on making a strong application, the decision making process, and plenty of time for your questions.

Please note that your ticket to the artist workshop INCLUDES a ticket to A Pleasance Scratch (click here) at 7.30pm, an evening of new work and new ideas from six artists and theatre companies. Important Notes: Tickets are EITHER for the full workshop, including ACE segment, or ONLY for the ACE segment, which will be in the final hour 6-7pm. Maximum 2 tickets per company.

Workshop date: 12 March 2018 at 3pm

Location: StageSpace – Pleasance Theatre,  London

Cost: £6.50

Book: here

Deadline: None posted (tickets limited)

Source: @PlaywritingUK

Comedy workshop with Grand Scheme Media (this Friday 9 March!)

This workshop offers advice on your written work, genuine insight into opportunities for comedy writers and producers and a thorough analysis of what makes a hit show.

This popular workshop will help you get the best out of your talent and ambition. It is limited to eight delegates, which allows us to focus on each student’s particular needs during the day. The course will focus on:  Understanding Comedy Commissioning, Devising Ideas That Sell, Script Editing, Pitching Your Project, Characters and Stories That Work, and The Basics (Outlines, Layout and Length).

Where possible,  a current producer, writer or commissioner is invited for a Q&A.


Workshop date: 9 March 2018, 10:00 – 16:30 

Location: Grand Scheme Media, Covent Garden, WC2E 7JS

Cost: £78.12

How to book: via Eventrbrite

Source: @grand_scheme

The Old Vic: Free writing workshops hosted by the Old Vic 12

The Old Vic have announced their second set of free workshops hosted by The Old Vic 12.These events will give entry level artists a chance to explore different disciplines within the theatre industry. All workshops are free to attend and participants must be 16+.

Here are the details of the 3 workshops coming up:

How Not to Write a Boring Play (Finding Theatricality in your Writing) – with Sarah Kosar

When: Tuesday 13 March, 10.30am-12.30pm
The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey
Who’s it For:
Writers, any level

Description: Why should we all come together in a theatre to hear a story? Led by Sarah Kosar, this workshop will empower writers, through practical exercises and discussions, to exploit theatricality and metaphor fully whilst developing their unique voice and perspective.

Book here.

Show Me The Money! – An Introduction to Fundraising – with Euan Borland
Tuesday 13 March, 1.00pm-3.00pm
The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey
Who’s it for:
Producers or Artists who self produce, any level

Description: Fundraising doesn’t have to be scary! Join producer Euan Borland to bust the myths of fundraising, practice your pitches and give your projects the kick start they deserve.

Book here.

Embracing Artistic Autonomy – Putting Yourself in Your Work – with Sara Joyce
Tuesday 13 March, 3.30pm-5.30pm
The Old Vic Workrooms, Bermondsey
Who’s it for:
Directors, any level

Description: How much do directors appear within their work? Is it possible to create something without revealing something about yourself? Join director, Sara Joyce, in exploring how personal experience can fuel artistic expression.

Book here.