Category Archives: Writing Workshops

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: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY 

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: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AA The Tabernacle34 – 35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY 

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

The John Retallack Playwriting Course (Oxford, £2500)

Applications are now open for a brand new playwriting course in central Oxford, taught by Olivier Award-winning playwright and director John Retallack.

It is a new professional course that covers every aspect of writing a play and, over 30 weekly 2-hour sessions and 3 day-long workshops between September and June, asks a selected group of promising writers to write three plays, starting with a 15 minute text in the first term and moving towards a full-length script in the third.

You might be a brand new writer, or someone who has written a great deal but has yet to break through fully on to the professional stage or radio – or you might have published and want to build up your skills as a playwright.

Course dates:11 September 2017 – 4 June 2018

Course fees: £2500

How to apply: admission is by interview, plus an two 20-page samples of the applicant’s written work. No academic qualification is required and the course is open to anyone over 18. for more information, including  course content and how to apply visit the website

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2017

Source: direct contact

Tamasha Masterclass: Introduction To Producing (£60 fee)

This one day workshop, co-led by Tamasha’s Producer Alex Towers, Soho Theatre’s Producer David Luff* and Tamasha’s Artistic Director Fin Kennedy, will introduce some of the key principles of producing small scale theatre for fringe and studio venues.

Areas covered will include: fundraising (including Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts), budgeting for shows of different scales, approaching venues and negotiating deals, managing the creative team, contracts, royalties and box office agreements.

“Participants are asked to come with one small scale theatre project they are interested in producing. The day will involve group discussions, small group breakout work with one of the three tutors, time to discuss your particular idea and a general Q&A where you can ask our professional team anything about starting to produce your own work. While we can’t promise to launch any careers, we do aim to leave participants with enough working knowledge to start to take steps towards making their show idea a reality.”

This is an entry-level workshop and anyone can apply, but the day will particularly suit emerging producers at the starts of their careers or, theatre artists seeking to self-produce their own work or the work of others. Please phone the office if you are unsure if this is for you or would like to talk it through.
This is open to producers and artists from all cultural backgrounds.

Dates: Saturday 17th June 2017, 10am – 6pm, London

Location: Tamasha (Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA)

Workshop fee: £60 (inc VAT) for the full day.

How to apply: No formal qualifications are necessary to apply, however applicants should demonstrate an interest in producing for theatre. Applications should include:
1) Your current CV including a short covering letter stating your experience to date and your reasons for applying
2) A short paragraph (max. 250 words) about the show idea you would like to work on within the session
3) A completed Data Form which you can download here>

Please email Ingrid on projects@tamasha.org.uk with your application with subject line ‘Introduction to Producing Masterclass’ or call the office on 0207 749 0090 if you have any questions.

Please note, payment must be received in advance, upon notification that you have been allocated a place. Places will only be confirmed on receipt of payment. Please also note that due to cost associated with hosting this masterclass, if you cancel your place after 5th June 2017 we will be unable to refund the fee. Any cancellations before 5th June will be subject to a £15 admin fee.

Deadline: 5 June 2017

Source: Tamasha newsletter

The Scenic Route presents ‘Creating Theatre, an Intensive Lab'(£195/£210 cost)

For performers, theatre makers, playwrights and composers – at any level of experience – with an interest in building a tool kit for devising theatre and finding their voice in a collaborative process

Presented by The Scenic Route with: Tangled Feet (Award-winning, inspirational ensemble theatre… More), Jason Carr(Jason is an award-winning composer and orchestrator who has composed incidental music for over 40 plays at the RNT, RSC, West End and Broadway…More)  And more (news of an exciting playwright on board coming shortly…)

In their words: “As part of our platform to provide accessible opportunities to nurture new talent, The Scenic Route presents an intensive practical workshop exploring how to create original theatre collaboratively from scratch.

Through a series of masterclasses, practical exercises and rehearsals the group will investigate a range of techniques involved in devising a cross-disciplinary piece which brings together physical theatre, text and music.

The lab will culminate in a sharing of the work to an invited audience.

This is a rare opportunity to benefit from the combined expertise of respected practitioners, whilst practically applying their shared experience in a working ensemble.

Participants will take away a wealth of resources to build upon in future work, along with increased skill, confidence and understanding working in this form, plus connections with other artists.

The lab is open to both experienced and new artists alike, at any life stage, whether coming from a performance perspective, composition / musical direction, or playwriting.(There is no requirement for all participants to perform).”

Dates: Monday 21st to Saturday 26th August (inclusive) 10am – 6pm

Location: LOST Theatre, SW8 2JU

Performances: 6pm – 10.30pm Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August Drayton Arms Theatre, SW5 0LJ

Costs :(To make the opportunity as accessible as they can, costs have been subsidised by The Scenic Route)

Early bird offer(for applications made by June 2nd deadline)  £195

Later applications (space depending)  £210

How to apply: Click here for more information, or contact info@scenicroutetheatre.co.uk

Deadline: None posted but workshops begin on 21 August 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Royal Court Introduction to Playwriting Group open for applications

The next open submissions session for the Royal Court’s Introduction to Playwriting Groups is now open.  The group is an opportunity to learn more about playwriting from an experienced writer.

The intention of the introductory group is to primarily provide demystified access to the basics of theatre-making.  Participants are encouraged to think about theatre in its three-dimensional reality, guided by the particular passions of the writer leading the group.  Writers who have not already written extensively for live performance can apply to be part of this group as we assign places based on potential.  Application is through a short extract of written work.You can read the full details about the groups as well as submission guidelines here. 

How to submit: you’ll need to submit 10 pages of your writing but do check out the full guidelines first.

Deadline: 30 May 2017 at 12 noon

Source; Twitter