Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Taal Himalayan residency open to applications (£449)

Taal Residency offers musicians, artists and theatre-makers a chance to work together to create a new project in Bhimtal, an idyllic lake town in the foothills of the Himalayas.

The residency will take place April 9th – 16th 2018. Artists of any discipline are invited to apply through this website before midnight Friday February 16th 2018. Interviews will be done in London (or Skype for international applicants) the following week.

They are looking for a mix of musicians,  performers, singers, dancers, clowns, and comedians. (*Note – their website brief doesn’t list writers or playwrights, but one of the organisers has shared this in Facebook making it clear that playwrights are welcome.) They have a max capacity of 10. You are invited to participate in group workshops, excursions and a multidisciplinary collaboration (which will be showcased in London), but participants are equally welcome to work privately on their own practice.

Cost: £449

What’s included:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Car + Driver
  • Internet
  • Excursions (optional) – They will be organising trips to various temples and places of natural beauty in the surrounding Himalayan countryside. Residents are welcome to join or stay and work at the house.

Resources available:

  • Workspace
  • Daily Workshops (optional) – Including: Vocal workshops; Improvisation; Clowning; Yoga; Composition; Orchestration; Sound Sampling; Dance; Film editing; Sketch writing; Screenwriting etc
  • Equipment available – Sound Recording Equipment – A selection of microphones; Audio-interface/mixing-desk (for multitrack recording); 2 ZOOM H4n Pro Digital Audio Recorders (for field recording)
  • Video Recording Equipment –Canon DSLR + Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM; On-site sound equipment (see above); Projector

How to apply: To apply please fill out the form on their APPLY page by 16th February 2018, and please feel free to email us with any questions on apply@taalresidency.com.

Deadline: Friday 16 February 2018 at midnight

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Free Playwriting Taster Session at Ashburton Hall

Free Playwriting Taster Session
Saturday 20 January 2018 from 12-1pm
Ashburton Hall, Croydon

This free taster session will be led by Steven Kuleshnyk at Ashburton Hall, Croydon’s newest community arts hub.

About the session: “Have you started 2018 wanting to be more creative? Have you always had a secret desire to write something for the stage but didn’t know where to start? Well here is your chance to start that process! This FREE taster session is for adults who want to explore this area further and will lead to a series of classes/workshops on the basics of playwriting. Please join me in the Longheath Studio at Ashburton Hall to open yourself up to the possibility of exploring your imagination and creative powers in a new way. Leap! It’s FREE to take risks.”

How to book: RSVP via the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1404780359650018/

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Playwriting course with Janice Okoh (£279/£112)

Playwriting Stage 1 (Continuation) with Janice Okoh
Thursdays from 10am-1pm for 10 weeks, starting 18 January 2018
City Lit

This course continues to explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage, including dialogue, character, structure, story and performance.

You’ll analyse more challenging texts for inspiration, and will have the opportunity experiment with a wide range of theatrical forms and styles in class. There is a strong workshopping component and there will be plenty of practical writing exercises to get you producing scenes, plots and characters of your own.

About the tutor: Janice Okoh’s play Three Birds won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2011. Her play Egusi Soup was produced by Menagerie/Soho Theatre in 2012. She has also written short plays for various theatres, radio plays, and drama scripts for television. She is Revolution Mix writer in residence with The Belgrade.

Cost: £279 / £112 concessions

How to book: Bookings can be made via the City Lit website:

https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/playwriting-stage-1-continuation/hw129-1718

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London Playwriting Lab open for submissions (£160)

*Note – not affiliated with London Playwrights’ Blog or London Playwrights’ Workshop!

London Playwriting Lab is looking for twelve writers with full length play ideas for our first 2018 programme.  The Lab runs over four intensive days between January 27th to February 10th at the  Nursery Theatre’s Training Centre, 6th floor Capital House, Weston Street, SE1 3QD – minutes from London Bridge.

You can find more details about their playwriting programme on their website.

Cost: £160

How to apply: Email LDNplaywriting@gmail.com to describe your play idea in a short paragraph.  We’re looking for twelve ideas that will complement each other and create a diverse Lab experience.

Deadline: 19 January 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Free Papatango Workshops coming January-March

Papatango has announced several upcoming workshops that are free of charge. (There are also travel bursaries available in cases of financial need for people based outside London). Details – and how to book – listed below!

10am – 11am, Wednesday 31 January 2018, in central London
Thinking of entering the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize? Then you might want to come to a session on how the Prize works and how submissions are assessed.

11am – 1pm, Saturday 3 February 2018, in central London
Stewart Pringle, winner of the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize, will explore the concepts of ‘naturalism’ and ‘realism’ in theatre, with a particular focus on dialogue. We’ll be examining examples of contemporary ‘naturalist’ theatre, and considering what the qualities are that we look for in dialogue and characterisation that set these works apart, as well as exploring how we can improve the flow and life-like-ness of dialogue within our own work.

2.30pm – 4.30pm, Monday 12 March 2018, in central London
Want to know how to hook your readers in from the first page? Join our workshop on the opening ten pages of a play, led by Bruntwood Prize Judges’ award winner, Papatango Prize shortlisted writer, and former literary producer at the Bristol Old Vic, Sharon Clark.
Sharon will discuss what we need to consider when kick-starting a script. How do we create impact, how do we establish our world, how do we introduce our characters and how do we entice our audience to leave their day at the door and immerse themselves in the story we want to tell?

How to book: To sign up for any of these workshops, please email participate@papatango.co.uk with your name and details. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Bursary information: If you’re based outside London and are on a low income or have particular needs that make travel difficult, then you can apply for up to £100 as a travel bursary to access one or both workshops. Please mention this when you apply, and provide an explanation of up to 200 words on why you need a bursary.

Source: Papatango newsletter

‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ workshop at the Hampstead

The Hampstead Theatre will be hosting a workshop on ‘How To Write a Play, Screenplay or Radio play’ with writer, Ryan Craig.
Ryan Craig’s plays include Filthy Business, The Holy Rosenbergs, Our Class, The Glass Room, and What We Did To Weinstein. For TV he wrote The Musketeers, Robin Hood, Hustle and Saddam’s Tribe and, for radio, A Question of Judgement, English in Afghanistan, Hold My Breath, The Great Pursuit, and Looking For Danny. He won a Fringe First, was nominated for the Evening Standard’s Most Promising Playwright, and is currently developing The Ghost Map (National Theatre) and Father of a Million Babies (Echo Lake Films).
Course date and time: 17th February 2018  at 3.45pm
Cost: £18/ concessions £15.
Book here.
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Get It Write: Script development workshop with actors

Get it Write is WRiTEON’s regular workshop which gives you the chance to see your words brought to life by a team of experienced actors and directors. You’ll also get feedback and suggestions for further development of characters, plot, theme and other aspects of your play. The upcoming workshop will be held on:

Sunday 21st January

Location TBC

How to apply: You’ll need to submit an extract from your play that is between 5 and 10 pages in length before Sunday 7th January. Your play will be given a time slot of one hour to be workshopped, but you’ll be welcome to stay as long as you like and take part in other writers’ sessions where comments on your writing might still be made and seeing other writers’ work on its feet will help you develop your own writing. Apply here.

Deadline: 7 January 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook group

How to Begin Playwriting course at the National Theatre

How to Begin Playwriting is a 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. Led by Suhayla El-Bushra, who was writer in residence at the National Theatre Studio from April 2015 to August 2016. Her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s The Suicide appeared on the Lyttelton stage in 2016. The Course is led by Suhayla El-Bushra.

Dates: Tuesdays 16 Jan – 27 March (not 13 Feb), 6.30–8.30pm

Location: Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre

Cost: £500/£350 (concessions) Concession prices are reserved for Senior Citizens and Students. Bursaries are available for this course; they are likely to cover between 10% and 25% of the total course cost and are assessed on a case by case basis.

How to apply: please visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/content/how-begin-playwriting-2018.

Deadline: 22 December 2017 at 5pm

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Write A Play this January with #WrAP initiative!

Is your New Year’s Resolution to write more? Kickstart your writing goals with LPW, and sign up for #WrAP!  

You CAN write a play this January

What if we said you could write a play – YES a whole play – this January? Well, you can if you take part in Write a Play – or #WrAP as we’ll be calling it!

January is a time for new beginnings and new goals. Whilst taking up Badminton or signing up for ukulele lessons might make you feel accomplished, it won’t help you improve your playwriting skills – but actually doing some writing will! And we’re here to help.

Throughout the month we’ll be posting a whole host of writing prompts, exercises and resources to guide you through the process of getting your first draft on paper.

That’s impossible!

Maybe. Maybe not. It depends how dedicated you are about getting to the end of your script.

We were inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where each November writers take on the challenge of completing the first draft of a novel.

Writers who sign up for this challenge commit to writing a whopping 50,000 words in a month.

Considering that a stage play usually runs to a maximum of 10,000 words, we have full confidence you can do this. (And even if you don’t quite get to the end of your story, you’re guaranteed to have a lot more material to work with than if you never even tried.)

And remember, ultimately you can set the goal that works for you. Sounds a bit full on with your other commitments? Don’t worry. #WrAp is all about writing as much as you can manage in January; if you finish your play, great, if you only write 20 pages, also great – that’s 20 more pages than you had at the beginning of January.

Who’s it for?

Anyone who wants to write a play.

It might be your first play, it might be your fiftieth.

You don’t need to be based in London – this will all be happening online!

All that matters is that you want to join in and challenge yourself to write your play in January.

Wow. That sounds great. It must be really expensive.

NOPE!  Participation is FREE – but you have to be an LPW member.

If you want to participate in #WrAP, firstly, you’ll need to become a LPB member (read more about why here).

The good news is, that this costs around the same price per month as cup of coffee and by joining us you’ll really be helping us to support the next generation of playwrights (including you). You’ll also be getting access to some exciting member benefits.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get access to our exclusive members website and Facebook group and everything you need to take part in WrAP – more details on this below!

How does it work?

Throughout January, we’ll share regular writing prompts, exercises and online mini-workshops. These are all designed to support you in writing your play.

All the materials will be sent directly to your email inbox. (These will also posted online for easy reference if you want to look back at something that came before.)

The resources will take you chronologically through the playwriting process. We’ll kick off with looking at how to develop your idea and end with writing your final scene.

There will also be the opportunity for online discussion with fellow #WrAP writers (and us!) via our Members Facebook group, with scheduled sessions where you can ask questions or share concerns.

How do I sign up?

It’s super easy:

  1. Log on to our members site (if you need to join first, you can do so here).
  2. Go to the #WrAP Initiative page (note: you’ll need to be logged in as a member to access this).
  3. Sign up for the dedicated #WrAP email list.
  4. Check your inbox and click the confirmation link that you want to join.

That’s it!

Once you’re signed up, you’ll automatically receive all the emails and information when the initiative begins. (Keep your eyes peeled for a bit of inspiration that will be coming your way in late December!)

Privacy guarantee: this email will only be used for our 2018 #WrAP initiative. We don’t sell or share these, and won’t use it to send you anything you haven’t asked for.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

We’ll see you in January for some serious playwriting!

Jack Studio Theatre playwriting workshops

Playwrights are invited to join the 2017 season of new writing workshops at the Jack Studio Theatre.

The Jack Writers’ Workshop is a dynamic hub for emerging contemporary theatre writing in south London. The group will meet at the Jack Studio Theatre on Monday evenings, (7.30pm – 9.30pm). Workshops are led by the theatre’s Literary Manager and playwright, David Bottomley.

This year’s course is for writers interested in finding out more about the art of playwriting, providing tools to enable those wanting to start or to develop their own scripts. The workshops will cover different aspects of playwriting, and you’ll get a chance to hear your work read by professional actors, and get feedback from the group.

Course content: 

  1. Platform. What makes powerful new stage writing? A chance to get to know the group members through their personal idea of stage craft and influences in an informal debate.
  2. Synopsis Surgery. Chance to pitch, test drive and hone a blue print for a new or existing play, in order to help shape and develop the theme and story you wish to write.
  3. Character Building. Where do we find our characters? How do they inform and shape the drama?
  4. Improvising Scenes. How scenes work. A chance for writers to experience the building blocks of scenes through the art of improvisation.
  5. Generating Material. Starting scenarios. This is an opportunity to test-drive part of your script, and receive feedback from the group.
  6. Sense of Structure. How to structure a piece of dramatic writing. This session is also an opportunity to consider redrafting and editing your work so far.
  7. Performance & Feedback with actors reading your scripts. A great opportunity to hear readings from your texts by professional actors, and receive immediate feedback for future revision.
  8. Performance & Feedback with actors reading your scripts.

There will be 12 places only available on the 2017-18 Jack Writers’ Workshop.

Course dates: 2017-2018 dates include:  20 November, 4 December, 18 December, 8 January, 22 January,  29 January, 19 February, 26 February.

How to apply: To apply, send your writing CV, stating why you would like to be a member, to David Bottomley at writers@brockleyjack.co.uk.

Cost: £125, £90 conc. (Concessionary rate applies to full time students, senior citizens, jobseekers and recipients of income support.)

Deadline: 10 November 2017 

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