Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Chipping Norton Literary Festival playwriting workshop with Clare Bayley

A workshop for playwrights – whether you are starting out or experienced but wanting fresh stimulus and provocations, this workshop led by award-winning playwright Clare Bayley is run by the Chipping Norton Literary Festival.

Date: 29 April 2017

Cost: £18

How to apply:  online

Deadline: none specified, but the workshop takes place on 29 April 2017

Source: direct contact

National Theatre: How to Begin Playwriting course with Andrew Muir (£400/£350 bursaries available)


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

Andrew is a critically acclaimed writer for stage and screen with works including THE SESSION (Mothertongue/Soho Theatre) and GOLD DUST (Deafinitely Theatre/Soho Theatre) and the short film A FAMILY MAN. He was the Literary Associate for Deafinitely Theatre for whom he adapted LOVE’S LABOURS LOST at Shakespeare’s Globe. His short radio play THE PERFECT NON STARTER was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb in 2014.

How to apply: places available by application form, which can be found here

Course details:

  • 10 week course
  • Fridays 28 April – 14 July, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • £400/£350 (burs available)
  • Location: Clore Learning Centre

Deadline for applications:  Tuesday 25th April, 5pm

Source: direct contact

Free online screenwriting course with Future Learn/ Uni of East Anglia

Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films, the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. All of the tender romance, terrifying action and memorable lines begin at the screenwriter’s desk.The  University of East Anglia’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing have built this course with instructors and recent alumni from their course in Creative Writing.

You’ll learn from a mixture of basic theory, script analysis and practical exercises. You will explore key principles as they’re expressed in great films, then immediately apply these concepts. Videos, articles and discussion steps will offer you the opportunity to learn and engage with other learners on key concepts and ideas.

How to apply: This free online course starts on 8 May 2017. Register now on the FutureLearn website.

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: BBC Writersroom

Be inspired by music and write a movie in ten weeks with Screen Arts Institute (Fee: £1,496)

Write a movie in ten weeks flat with the The Screen Arts Institute Knock it Out course on Monday evenings 7-10pm at the BFI Southbank, London, from 8 May-10 July 2017.

The SAI says the story development & speed writing course is
inspired by “whatever music does it for you; Stormzy, Jamie XX, Gabriel Yared, Allan Rayman, Raleigh Ritchie, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer, Sigur Ros… whatever works. Screen stories are fed by one great drug…. music.

“Knock it out  is a series of evening sessions, mainlining music to 
 structure , inspire and blast out a movie story. Join a dozen other talented filmmakers and ‘rave’ write. Let your muse do the walking.”

The sessions will be run by the director of the Screen Arts Institute, Stephen May, with contributions from other SAI mentors and alums.

What you get:

  • Example session: 1 hour “scales & arpeggios” structure work, 30 min speed writing to music (or silence),1 hour follow-up workshop,15 min – “rave” writing, 15 min cool down.
  • Industry networking with invited producers & alums.
  • “Homework” & further writing exercises and deadlines.
  • Access to The Screen Arts Institute online resources
  • small-group (max 3 filmmakers) mentor feedback three times during the programme and at the conclusion.

 Fees: The  programme costs £1,496. Fees are paid by direct debit over 3 months (+ £374 deposit in advance)

What to submit/How to apply: Places are limited to 12, max. Apply ASAP – first come, first served.

Email to:

  • A one-pager of a feature idea
  • A CV of education and professional experience
  • a sample of screenwriting and/or links to completed films written or directed

Deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 (shortlisted applicants will be interviewed)

Source: Direct contact

UK-wide workshops and talks to get you ready for Verity Bargate Award (Free-£30)

The Verity Bargate Award, one of the biggest UK playwriting competitions, is holding a series of workshops around the country with leading playwrights to share their top tips as you get your play ready to enter the contest.

Workshops in London: £30 workshops at the Soho Theatre run from 15 April 15-15 June 2017. To book for the workshops with James Graham, Charlotte Josephine, Inua Ellams, Phoebe Eclair-Powell & Theresa Ikoko or Vinay Patel Click here

Do you live outside London? The VBA is offering  free 30 minute talks with Q&A sessions at workshops around the country at the following venues:

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Wed 12 Apr, 6pm

Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman
Tue 18 Apr, 5pm

The Royal Exchange, Manchester
Wed 19 Apr, 6pm

The Abbey, Dublin
Sat 29 Apr, 2pm

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Sat 29 Apr, 3pm

Live Theatre, Newcastle Sat 6 May, 1pm

Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Sat 13 May,11am

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff 2pm, Saturday 13 May

For details about these workshops click here.

About the Verity Bargate Award: The Verity Bargate Award winner receives £7000 in respect of an exclusive option for Soho Theatre to produce the play.

The award was established in 1982 to honour Soho Theatre’s co-founder and is presented biennially to an artist resident in the UK or Ireland with fewer than three professional productions.

The prestigious biennial Award seeks stand out inspiring new writing talent with past winners including Vicky Jones and Matt Charman.

Writers may submit one unproduced, unpublished full-length play (not shorter than 70 minutes). There is no restriction to subject matter. Musicals and other forms of theatre are welcome but will only be judged on the text submitted.

This year the award is sponsored by production company Character 7 and one writer will be offered the opportunity to develop their storytelling skills for TV drama. The Character 7 prize will be a separate agreement between Character 7 and the chosen writer.

The following are not eligible: playwrights with three or more professional productions to their credit (defined as those produced under ITC/TMA/WGGB contracts), plays commissioned by Soho Theatre, previous Verity Bargate Award winners and plays that have already been considered by Soho Theatre’s literary department. Submitted plays must be unencumbered and available.

What to submit: The play must have a title page with the author’s name, address, email address and telephone number. In addition, writers must include a CV including listing of all works written/produced, when and where. Plays will only be accepted by email, in a PDF format, other formats cannot be accepted. Soho is not able to consider any other supporting material including music, video, or images.

How To Apply: Please email your submission to

Deadline: 5 July 2017 at 12pm

Source: The Soho Theatre Website

LPW Workshops: Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews)

Getting ready to submit to a competition? Agent? Theatre? First, make sure your script is really ready to go!

Rough to Ready (Re-drafting with Kimberley Andrews) is an intensive course which will equip writers with everything they need to write a killer second draft. The script you submit is representative of you as a writer – and this course will ensure that you’re presenting the very best version of your script.

Course content: the course takes place over two intensive all day (Saturday) sessions. There is a two-week break in between sessions to allow for re-writes.

With a focus on sharing work with the group, writers will gain the rigorous feedback needed to improve their work. Sessions will take writers through the re-drafting process, tackling in detail the essentials for writing a submission worthy script, including:

  • Hooking the reader with the first 10 pages.
  • Tackling the re-drafting of difficult scenes.
  • Using structure to tell the most interesting version of your story.
  • Polishing your script to a professional standard.

Requirements: this class is suitable for new writers but it’s essential that you have a completed first draft of a play to participate; very rough drafts are welcome, as the long as the play is written as a full script, rather than in note form.  If you have any queries about the requirements, please email workshops@londonplaywrights

Course Dates: Saturday 13th May, Saturday 27th May (10am-5pm)

Location: Theatre Delicatessen Studios, 30 Marsh Wall, Isle of Dogs, London E14 9TP (nearest tube: Canary Wharf)      

Cost: £120

To book, please click on the link below:

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Kimberley Andrews is a playwright who has worked as a freelance script consultant, and playwriting tutor at RADA. She has an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show.

Image by Jacqueline via  Flickr Commons CC License 

Jennifer Farmer playwriting course at Bishopsgate Institute (£134-£178)

Jennifer Farmer’s Playwriting course is from
Monday 08 May-Monday 19 June at the Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate , London

About the course: Jennifer Farmer says: “Playwriting is a vibrant avenue for creative writers to explore, and this course will introduce you to the critical and practical skills needed to produce works for the stage. You will discover how to structure narrative, create characters and craft dialogue, giving you the tools needed to shape the first draft of a play. This course will include a workshop with professional actors in order to understand the writer’s collaborative role in creating work for performance.”


  • Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Days of Week: Monday
  • Course Code: WR17306
  • Subject: Words and Ideas
  • Level: ALL LEVELS
  • Tutor: Jennifer Farmer
  • Max students: 16
  • Number of Sessions: 6
  • Status: Available/A
  • Cost: £134.00 to £178.00

For more information about this course and what you will learn, see the course outline.

Book here

Have a question? Send an email or call on: 020 7392 9200

Deadline: none, but the course starts on 8 May 2017

Source: direct contact

Playwrights Toolbox workshop with Paul Kalburgi at Bread & Roses

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi                                                               Friday 16th June (10-6)
Bread & Roses Theatre,  68 Clapham Manor St, Clapham, London, SW4 6DZ.

Playwrights Toolbox with Paul Kalburgi
(1-day workshop)

Paul says: “Based on my intensive ‘Introduction to Playwriting’ course, this shorter course borrows all of the practical exercises, plus lots more besides. Through group challenges, discussions and through sharing stories and ideas, participants will build a ‘toolbox’ of go-to advice to aid, and better your scripts. We will explore the art of storytelling, narrative structure, character function and creation, the exploitation of arena and key tricks and devices for writing successful narrative and dialogue. ”

Level All
Cost £45
More information and to book here

Deadline: None specified

Source: Direct contact

Free Tawala workshops for emerging black creatives (book now for 8 April)

Are you an artist looking for ways to grow your artform? Tawala has announced a free programme of creative activity as part of Talawa MAKE.

Tawala says: “This is a call for emerging b”lack playwrights, actors, theatre makers, directors, dancers, artists and photographers across London to grow their craft with Talawa Theatre Company in association with Camden People’s Theatre.

“These workshops are an opportunity to explore experimental and contemporary theatre making techniques with some of the leading artists in the field.

“An opportunity for emerging black artists who have never worked with Talawa to meet, to be creative and grow their craft.”

The workshops are:

Sat 8 April: SOUND – Nwando Ebizie

Nwando Ebizie is an experimental performance artist, musician, producer, DJ and dancer from Nigeria who has lived, performed and played all over the world. Her work eschews boundaries, but incorporates her training in classical piano, electronic music production (British Academy of New Music), circus, aerial arts (Circomedia), physical theatre, and various forms of dance, with her interests in multi-disciplinary work and ritual performance | @nwando

Sat 6 May: THE WORLD – HighRise

HighRise are a theatre collective who seek to spark conversation and build bridges between forgotten communities, by representing the rhythm of the streets. Their style is energetic, physical, innovative, poetic and colloquial – using Hip Hop & Grime music on top of extreme play as a vehicle to tell honest stories from multicultural backgrounds | @HighRise_UK

Book your free place here

Deadline: none specified

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook


Poplar Union running writing workshops and scratch night

Poplar Union, a brand new east London-based arts, culture and community venue, has announced its first series of writing workshops.

This  three-part workshops with fringe writer Dale J. Pearson are on the theme of ‘place’.

After the final workshop, participants are invited to take the opportunity to showcase their work to a live audience at Poplar Union’s brand new scratch free night,  Scratch, Crackle & POP! on Monday June 19.

Popular Union says: “Peeling Back Places explores some of the different approaches writers use to bring places to life. Experiment with techniques that will invigorate your writing with a sense of place.

“This workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in play-writing or prose. Whether you write regularly or are just starting out, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your craft as part of a community of London-based writers.

“After the final workshop, participants are invited to take the opportunity to showcase their work to a live audience at Poplar Union’s brand new scratch night,  Scratch, Crackle & POP!”

The workshops are on:  25 May, 1 & 8 June 2017, from 6.30pm-8.30pm. Price: £3 each. Book here

See details here for the free scratch night

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