Category Archives: Writing Workshops

LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin?

In 2012, Freddie Machin wrote and performed a one-man show based on the early life of Winston Churchill. Thanks to its exposure at the fringe, he then took the production on a UK tour. Drawing on this experience and looking ahead to Edinburgh 2019, Freddie will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival.

The six-week course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels with an interest in the fringe, and will be particularly applicable to those writers considering taking a play of their own to Edinburgh 2019.

Course dates: Thursdays 7pm – 9pm from 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks)

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £135 non members / £108 members rate

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book:          


Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: From Stage to Screen

After the success of the taster session of this workshop at London Writers’ Week, playwright, Freddie Machin is back with his practical session on taking your work from stage to screen. This time, he’ll be working with a smaller, more intimate group – so please book early to secure your spot!
From Stage to Screen is a one-off workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing.

Who’s it for: this course is open to writers of all levels.

Course date: Saturday 29 September 2018, 10.30am – 1pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £47 non members/ £37.60 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 




        

Members click here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Based on his play of the same title, Freddie Machin wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin

Image by Dimitry B via Flickr CC 

LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews,  this course will give you a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for editing your play.

Packed full of practical tips, exercises and individual support from Kimberley, this course promises to leave you perfectly equipped to take your play to the next level.

How it works:

Once you’ve booked your place on the course, you’ll need to send your first draft over to us so that Kimberley can read it prior to the first workshop, we’ll need to receive this by the end of September.

Redrafting Masterclass

You’ll attend a group Redrafting Masterclass where you will explore different approaches to redrafting, learn about practical methods to edit your work and gain the tools you need to start re-writing your play.

Individual Tutorials

You’ll be offered a 45 minute tutorial with Kimberley Andrews, who will give you feedback on your script and discuss which areas need the most work.  Kimberley will also provide you with a bullet point redrafting action plan. Tutorials will take place in Central London or by Skype, if preferable.

Troubleshooting Masterclass

After you’ve taken some time to redraft your work, the group will meet again for a troubleshooting masterclass. In this session, you’ll be given the chance to share problematic scenes with the group and explore how to overcome common hurdles within the redrafting process.

Course Dates: 

Redrafting Masterclass:  Saturday 13 October 2018, 2pm-5pm

Individual Tutorials: Saturday 20 October OR Saturday 27 October between 1pm-6pm (please note, individual time slots will be confirmed nearer the time).

Troubleshooting Masterclass: Saturday 17 November 2018, 2pm – 5pm

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, Broadgate, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, England, EC2M 2PF (nearest tube: Liverpool Street/ Moorgate)

Cost: £200 non members/ £160 members

Not a member yet but want to take advantage of the 20% discount on workshop bookings? Read more about joining and sign up and for around the price of a coffee here

How to book: 


Members click  here to book through the members site at the reduced rate.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com

Deadline: non applicable, but please be aware that courses are booked on a first come first serve basis and places are very limited!

About the workshop leader

Kimberley is a playwright, script consultant and tutor.  She has had work produced at the Birmingham Rep and has developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange, Wolverhampton University and All the Rage Theatre. She has also written and produced comedy sketch shows at the Hen & Chickens and is currently working on a television project and a novel.

When she’s not writing, she heads up writer development at LPB and works on programming content on workshops to support playwrights in developing their work.  Kimberley  is keen to create exciting opportunities and resources for emerging writers and currently also works as a playwriting tutor at RADA.

Autumn Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

We’re thrilled to announce the exciting programme of workshops we’ve got coming your way this Autumn!

Whether you want to get to grips with writing a show for Edinburgh next year or you’d benefit from a re-drafting course with a difference, we’re sure you’re going to want to get your teeth into our latest line-up of workshops, starting this September.

We’re also pleased to tell you that we’ll be offering our members a 20% discount on all workshop bookings! So, if you needed another reason to become a member, this is it! Read more about joining here. 

What’s coming up?

Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Thursday evenings, 7pm – 9pm, 20 September 2018 – 25 October 2018 (6 weeks) 

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world. It has provided the springboard for countless successful productions from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead to Fleabag. But where does the process of mounting a new play at the Fringe begin? In this 6 week course, Freddie Machin will lead the group through the process of writing a one-act play, paying specific consideration to the demands of the festival. The course will also cover the fundamentals of producing a show at Edinburgh to include deadlines, budgets, flyering, reviews, and the future life of your play. Find out more and book here.

From Stage to Screen

Saturday 29 September 2018 10.30am – 1pm 
Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a one-off practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. Find out more and book here.

The Redrafting Programme

Saturday 13 October 2018 2pm – 5pm – Saturday 17 November 2018 (various dates)
Ever wanted the information from a practical workshop paired with individual feedback tailored especially for you? Then look no further than the Redrafting Programme. Led by LPB’s Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews. In this course, you’ll get a masterclass in re-drafting as well as one-to-one feedback, mentoring and a personalised plan of action for redrafting.  Packed full of practical tips, exercises and individual support from Kimberley, this course promises to leave you perfectly equipped to take your play to the next level.  Find out more and book here.
Image by Siaran James via Flickr CC

 

 

Old Vic: Free Workshops for Theatre Artists of Tomorrow

As they begin the search for the next group of exciting artists to become The Old Vic 12, The Old Vic are hosting a series of free workshops to connect with a wider range of theatre makers. In addition to the main programme, each friendly, informal session will provide an opportunity to improve skills, connect with The Old Vic team and learn more about the support available.

Read more about the workshops programme here.

Deadline: not applicable, but the workshops take place throughout August and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis

Source: @Playwriting_UK

National Theatre Workshop: How to Begin Playwriting

A ten-week course which will give an insight into approaches to begin playwriting. This course will focus on techniques, exercises and approaches to writing, with opportunities for discussion and shared group critiques.

When: Fri 21 September – Fri 30 November (not including Fri 26 October), 10.30am-12.30pm

Where: Clore Learning Centre, National Theatre, London

Cost: £500/£350

How to book: here

Deadline: 31 August 2018 at 6pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

Before you go all ‘back-to-school’ and start prepping that big Autumn project, why not spend a bit of time thinking about how to get yourself noticed as a writer? In this session, we’ll look at the nitty gritty of self-promotion for writers including writing brilliant bios to what not to say on application forms.

When: available from Friday 31 August 2018

Who’s it for? all levels, including beginners

How to participate: the workshops will be exclusively available for our members. If you’re not a member yet, read more here and you can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month.

To access the workshops, members simply need to visit the members site on or after the dates published below. The workshops will remain live during August and beyond – so don’t worry if you’re taking a break over the summer, you can pick them up whenever is convenient for you.

Cost: included in monthly subscription (£3.63 per month)

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: LPB

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

We’ve all seen the competitions asking for monologues but how do you know what to submit? In this session, we’ll explore what makes a great monologue, work through some inspirational exercises and get you writing some submission worthy speeches this summer!

When: available from Friday 17 August 2018

Who’s it for? all levels, including beginners

How to participate: the workshops will be exclusively available for our members. If you’re not a member yet, read more here and you can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month.

To access the workshops, members simply need to visit the members site on or after the dates published below. The workshops will remain live during August and beyond – so don’t worry if you’re taking a break over the summer, you can pick them up whenever is convenient for you.

Cost: included in monthly subscription (£3.63 per month)

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: LPB