Category Archives: Writing Workshops

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. 

Source: Direct Contact

 

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

Source: Direct Contact

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.

Source:  Direct Contact

Soho Theatre young writers’ lab 2017 (16-26 year olds)

Soho Theatre are back with their young writers’ lab, and are looking to offer dramaturgy to a group of young people aged between 16-26.

In their words: “Soho Theatre has played a unique and award-winning role in the development of new writing in Britain for more than 40 years. If you’re aged 16-26 our Writers’ Lab gives you the chance to develop and refine your writing voice.”

If selected, you will attend monthly meetings on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays from 14 October to June.  Each Lab session offers support, motivation and guidance from their course leaders and members of Soho’s Artistic Team. The course is designed to help writers create a new full length play/piece of theatre over a 9 month, 3 draft, process to submit to their prestigious Soho Young Writers’ Award.

Previous winners include:
Birthright by Adam Narat (2016)
Fury by Phoebe Eclair-Powell (2015)
A Life of Cardboard by Iskandar Sharazuddin (2014)
In Your Image by Gemma Copping (2013)
Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine (2012)

How to apply: To apply you must fill out an online application form here. 

Deadline: 13 August 2017 6pm 

Source: Soho Theatre

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Creative Inspiration 2.0: A Practical Workshop for Playwrights

Never stare at a blank page again! If you missed our sold-out workshops last year, this is your chance to get writing in an fun and supportive environment, with something to offer writers at all levels.

There’s no better way to celebrate London Writers’ Week than by putting your pen to use. This two-hour intensive workshop will get your creative juices flowing and leave you armed with a set of inspirational tools to boost your creativity when writing at home.

In this interactive workshop, London Playwrights’ Blog Co-Founders Kimberley Andrews and A.C. Smith put a digital twist on the extensive stash of practical writing exercises they’ve picked up during their lives as workshop participants, playwrights, tutors and workshop leaders.

You’ll have the chance to do some spontaneous writing, share your work with other members of the group and gain constructive feedback on your ideas.

Stick around in the bar afterwards to celebrate the end of London Writers’ Week and chat with the workshop leaders and your fellow writers!

(Also, have a look at our panel discussion just before this event, which will look at the best strategies for writers to make the most of what the digital world has to offer in creating their own work.)

Preparation: none, just bring what you need to take notes (paper/pen) – and be prepared to share your work in a group setting.

This event is for you if…

  • You’re interested in finding new strategies to create your own work
  • You’re curious about the new opportunities the digital world has created
  • You want to get practical advice from emerging writers who are successfully self-producing

Date:  Saturday 8th July 2017 from 5pm  –7pm

Location: The Tabernacle Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road
London, W12 8LJ  **Please note, there are planned closures on the Circle/ Hammersmith & City lines this weekend so do check TFL before you travel!**

Price: £5 for normal bookings – but LPB will shortly be announcing a discount code, so watch this space!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Gong via Flickr Commons CC License

 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Making Your Own Work in the Digital Age: A Panel Discussion

How do you build a thriving creative life in the digital age? Come along to find out!

This discussion, hosted by A.C. Smith, Co-Founder of London Playwrights’ Blog and Director of London Playwrights’ Workshop, will bring together a panel of emerging creatives who are working in unique ways to successfully create work in the digital age. You will hear the strategies that worked for them and gain ideas on how to apply these in your own practice. The session will end with an audience Q&A.

The panel is focused on writing for the theatre, but writers from all backgrounds are welcome.

This event is for you if: 

  • You’re interested in finding new strategies to create your own work
  • You’re curious about the new opportunities the digital world has created
  • You want to get practical advice from emerging writers who are successfully self-producing

Date/ time: Saturday 8 July 2017 (3pm – 4.30pm)

We’d also really encourage you to stick around for our Creative Writing workout and get-together for writers which will happen following this event.

Location: The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY  The Bush Theatre7 Uxbridge Road
London, W12 8LJ  **Please note, there are planned closures on the Circle/ Hammersmith & City lines this weekend so do check TFL before you travel!**

Price:  £5 for normal bookings – but LPB will shortly be announcing a discount code, so watch this space!

How to book: here

Check out the full London Writers’ Week listings here.

Photo courtesy of Idealisms via Flickr Commons CC License

London Writers’ Week 2017: Events Listings

London Writers’ Week is back from 3-8 July 2017 with a jam packed programme of events taking place at  Central Saint Martins The Tabernacle.

This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, they hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.

Booking/Price: Bookings can be made through the individual event’s page (click through below) or by buying a Festival Pass that gains entry to all events.

LPB has been allocated a discount code for our events on Saturday 8 July, and also for a select number of full Festival Passes, which we’ll be sharing very soon alongside an exciting announcement. Watch this space for more info!

For all other bookings:

  • All Individual events are £5 unless otherwise stated
  • Festival Passes are available for £60 (allowing you entry into all 24 events, except for the John Yorke Intensive)
  • Day Passes are available for £15

For full event listings click here

The Write Network seeking writers for Page to Stage Project (London writers, £65 fee)

The Write Network has launched a project to help the development of new writers. The project is based in East London. All writers from London and surrounding areas are welcome to apply, although they would like to particularly encourage BAME writers. Each writer will take part in a set of workshops structured to guide them through the process of writing a short play!

Towards the end of the process each play will be read by professional actors as part of the creative process.

There will be two Page to Stage events in which three writers will have the opportunity to have a rehearsed reading of their play in front of an audience (industry professionals will be invited) The readings will take place at The Maud, Walthamstow.

The project is subsidised but there will be a cost to each writer of £65

Workshop dates: June 21st, 28th, July 5th, 12th, 19th! Time: 6.30 to 8.30pm

How to apply: Email thewritenetwork@gmail.com for more details and to apply

Deadline: none posted but places are limited 

Source: Arts Jobs

Talawa seeking applications for four-week TYPT Programme (Black British artists, age 18-25)

TYPT is Talawa’s flagship programme for emerging theatre makers. Every summer a team of emerging artists aged 18-25 works with established artists to create a brand new show.

At TYPT artists develop their practice, test ideas and produce a brand new piece of theatre in just 4 weeks.

TYPT:17 runs from Monday 7 August – Saturday 2 September 2017.

What you get:  Whether you are a performer, stage manager, designer or technician, every element of the TYPT process will be open to you from initial production meetings to script development sessions; from meetings with graphic designers to the get-out.

I came to TYPT looking for the empowerment to develop as a performer and writer, and I certainly succeeded, we all did. Talawa’s enduring faith in developing new artists is remarkable and for my own journey TYPT was the biggest part of that.” 

-Michaela Coel, Writer and Performer, BAFTA Winner ‘Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme’ and ‘Breakthrough Talent’ 2016

How to apply:  To apply, download the application form from their website and email it to gail@talawa.com or post it to Talawa Theatre Company, 53 – 55 East Road London N1 6AH.

If your application is successful you will be invited to an audition or workshop and interview.

Deadline:  Friday 17 June 2016 at 6pm

Source:  Talawa Newsletter

Hampstead Theatre launches Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme (age 18-25, £200 bursary)

The Hampstead Theatre is launching Inspire: The Next Playwright Programme, an opportunity for playwrights to develop their craft under the mentorship of award-winning playwright Roy Williams.

Eligibility:

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Anyone aged between 18 and 25 inclusive on 1 September 2017 is eligible to apply.

What you get:  Beginning in September 2017, the playwrights will attend monthly group sessions with Roy and visiting practitioners, as well as one-on-one meetings. They will also be given the opportunity to submit drafts for feedback and to hold a reading of their work with professional actors at Hampstead Theatre. In September 2018, all drafts will be considered for presentation in the Downstairs studio, and the playwrights will meet with the Executive team to discuss their work.

The playwrights will be invited to see all Main Stage and Downstairs shows at Hampstead Theatre for free, to attend rehearsals and production meetings, and to meet with and learn from the Hampstead Theatre teams.

Fee:  The programme is completely free and Hampstead will offer a bursary of £200 towards travel throughout the year.

There is no entry fee.

What to submit / How to apply:  Writers are required to submit an application form, play proposal, and writing sample.

Information about the programme and the application form can be found here on their website.

Deadline:  Sunday 2 July 2017 at midnight

Source:  Direct contact