Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Free writing course with WoLab and Theatre N16

WoLab are thrilled to be partnering with Theatre N16 to deliver a FREE 12-week intensive course led by industry professionals, aimed specifically at actor-writers.

Over the 12 weeks, you will develop your existing playwriting and acting skills through a series of tailored workshops, which will also include mentoring sessions in producing and marketing, as well as regular visits from established playwrights/theatre makers within the industry. All participants will be working towards a industry showcase to an invited audience of agents, casting directors, programmers, and producers. Throughout the duration of the course, participants will write their own monologue to perform for the showcase, as well as co-write a duologue with another member of the group. They will receive personalised support and feedback during the process.

Further information:

  • An introductory welcome session will be held on 20th June (Time TBC).
  • Course Dates: Every Wednesday 11am -3pm, from 27th June – 12th September.
  • Showcase Dates: 16th and 17th September (two performances each day).
  • All sessions will be held at Theatre N16, 5 Ashley Road, London, N17 9LJ.

How to apply: please complete the application form on their website. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an audition on Wednesday 13th June. You will be notified if you have been shortlisted by Friday 8th June.

Please DO NOT apply if you are an already published playwright, or have within the last 5 years undergone drama school training, that resulted in an industry showcase.  Any questions, send an email to submissions@wolab.co.uk ~ more info on WoLab can be found: www.wolab.co.uk / Twitter: @WoLaboratory

Deadline: 4 June 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Write a 10-minute play – workshop with Martin Malcolm at Hackney Arts Centre

Playwright Martin Malcolm leads a dynamic workshop on how to craft a powerful short script. Learn where story ideas come from, how to structure them and how to turn them into compelling drama. The day includes a mixture of practical techniques and research excursions, as well as time to share your ideas and to write. You’ll find out what to do with your finished script, where to send it and where to find the best new writing nights to help you break into the theatre scene.

Martin’s plays include Icarus (Southwark Playhouse), Diggers (Theatre 503), Drifters (Bike Shed Theatre), NightFlyer (Tristan Bates Theatre), Kingdom of the Icebear (Rondo Theatre), Tiramisu (Wardrobe Theatre) and Warped (Arts Theatre). He’s currently writing Sea of Tranquillity for Baroque Theatre, about the first woman on the Moon. His work is supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

www.martinmalcolm.com

Workshop date: 26 May 2018 at 10.30am

Location: Write a Ten-Minute Play, Saturday 26 May, 10.30am – 4.30pm. Work.Life, 1E Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3DQ

Cost: £35.75

How to book: via the website

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_Uk

ScriptDawg Crash Course for the Procrastinator: Free Workshop

As part of the Cardiff Fringe Theatre Festival‘s Free Fringe events, one of the guys at ScriptDawg has decided to try and condense what they do with the 72 Hour Challenge into a workshop and guideline to writing any of your future scripts… in the future. Which will be the present by then. Call it a gift from them.

In their words: “Are you a writer who suffers from the terrible affliction Distractinitus? Where your hand drifts further away from the pen and your eyes drift closer to a Buzzfeed Quiz? We implore you, resist the urge to uncover which Disney villain you are (we got Hades) and come to our Scriptwriting Crash Course for the Procrastinator.

In this workshop, we aim to make you self-sufficient in generating ideas, working to a deadline, setting realistic, achievable goals and writing for competitions. During the process, we’ll also work on character development.

Contrary to the workshop’s title, anyone is welcome to join us. If you’ve stumbled into a writer’s block, if you’ve never written anything before or you’re an established writer, we’d be more than happy to host you.So, what are you waiting for? The next Buzzfeed Quiz?

There’s only space for 10 people (we might be able to squeeze in a few more if no one is looking), so to be sure to secure a seat let ScriptDawg or James Humphreys know that you will be coming and we can put together a lil’ VIP list. Though if you don’t make it, your spot will be given to someone else.

As the event suggests… Yes, this is FREE!”

Date and time: 15 June 2018, 2pm -4pm

Location: The Other Room at Porters, Cardiff, CF10 2FE

How to book: here

Deadline: None, but places will be reserved on a first come first serve basis

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Redrafting and Structure Workshop with Papercut Theatre (£60)

Whether you have a play you’ve finished that you’re looking to develop further or the spark of an idea this workshop is for you. This workshop will look at:

  • Interrogating themes and ideas
  • Individual scene structure
  • The relationship between character and structure
  • Redrafting
  • Form
  • Incorporating feedback into your work
  • Practical exercises for ‘Breaking open’ your play.

“Come with either a full length play or just the germ of an idea!”

How to book:  here

Course date: Saturday, May 26, 2018. 11am-5pm
Location: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama*, Eton Avenue
London, NW3 3HY
Cost: £60
Deadline: Not applicable
Source: Direct contact

LPW Members: Online Workshop – The Re-drafting Toolkit

So, you’ve finished your play, but now what?  You need to re-draft it but where do you begin?

Whether it’s picking apart your plot, sharpening your dialogue or getting your script submission ready, The Re-drafting Toolkit will provide you with the essentials you need to tackle those editing problems.

In ten weekly installments, Kimberley Andrews will guide you through the common challenges writers face when re-drafting and allow you to write the very best version of your play!

How it works: Each week, a new installment of the course will be uploaded to our members website. Sessions might include a video or an exercise, along with tips to support you through the re-drafting process.

The first installment will be available on Thursday 24 May 2018 and a new session will be released every Thursday for 10 weeks. However, the course will stay up on our website, so you can work through it at your own pace if you prefer.

How to sign up: Members will be able to access the course simply by logging into the members site on 23 May.  Not a member yet? Well, if you want a jump start for your writing for the price of a cup of coffee, what are you waiting for? Sign up here today! (Want more reasons to join and a bit more info? Read this).

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright who has an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. She’s had work performed at the Birmingham Rep, Rich Mix Studios, Luton Library Theatre, The Arena Theatre, and has experience in self-producing on the London fringe. She currently works as a playwriting dissertation tutor at RADA and a freelance script consultant. As co-founder of London Playwrights’ Blog & Workshop, Kimberley is the Head of Writer Development, where she combines her passion for working with new writers with her own experience as a writer to create resources for emerging playwrights. 

 

Image credit: falkowata via Flickr CC

‘The Need To Knows’ Workshops with Theatre Deli

Theatre Deli and The Pleasance Theatre present ‘The Need To Knows’, a series of workshops for aspiring theatre makers and producers on the basics of the independent theatre sector – consider it your crash course in the business aspects of the arts.

There will be  8 workshops including sessions on Arts Council England funding, Partnerships, Budgeting and Touring led by the expert staff from The Pleasance and Theatre Deli. Each session includes a stand alone workshop followed by a space for networking and further questions. The next workshop will be Arts Council Funding 101 with Jessica Brewster.

Date: 4th June: 6:30pm – 8pm

Loccaion: Theatre Deli, The Nursery Theatre, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PF

How to book: Via the website.

Deadline: None posted 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Omnibus Writers Group open for bookings

The Omnibus workshops are a sounding board for writers at all stages of development, a space for work in progress and a launch pad for new ideas.

Saffron Myers (Paines Plough, Hampstead Theatre) and Mike Carter (The Space, London Playwriting Lab, South London Writers’ Group) return to the Omnibus this summer to help develop more plays and support more new writing.

Course details: Sessions will take place on Monday evenings 7-9pm June 4th to July 9th 2018 at Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre,

Cost: £115

How to book: Find out more and book your tickets here.

Deadline: None posted but the course starts on 4 June 2018

Source: @Playwriting_UK

In Motion Theatre Company: Playwriting Workshop (Scotland)

A workshop for playwrights of all levels from In Motion Theatre Company, presented in support of their upcoming tour of ‘Shattered’.

‘Writing Someone Else’s Story’ is a three-hour workshop with playwright Lisa Nicoll that explores how writers can creatively respond to real-life narratives without compromising on quality, truth and dramatic potential.

Both practical and discursive, this workshop is for playwrights of all experience levels who have an interest in writing based on the personal testimony of others, and the truth of other people’s experience.

This workshop is offered in support of In Motion Theatre Company’s upcoming tour of Shattered, a new play by Lisa Nicoll exploring grief, isolation and loss, drawn from real life interviews.

Capacity for each workshop is limited to 10 participants. No need to prepare anything, just bring something to write with. Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Workshop details: The workshop will be held at their offices at the Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre, 6-8 Daisy Street, Glasgow, G42 8JL, running twice throughout May:

Thurs 10th May, 6PM – 9PM
Sun 13th May, 10AM – 1PM

Cost: The workshop costs £12 per participant, with a 20% discount to creatives who have previously participated in a CRAFT, DRAFT or WRITE LINES event with In Motion Theatre Company.

A ticket comprising both a workshop date, and to attend the evening performance of Shattered at Glasgow’s Drygate on the 7th of June, can be purchased for £18.00.

How to book: For more information and to book your place please contact info@inmotiontc.co.uk.

Deadline: 11 May 2018

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

How to Pitch for TV: Networking event for disabled writers

DANC (Disabled Artists Networking Community) is a regular networking event for Disabled Artists of all art forms. The event is hosted by a different theatre or arts organisation every 4-6 weeks and allows artists/performers with disabilities to network with invited Industry Guests. It allows everyone in the room to be part of the conversation and solution in the drive for change for  inclusivity and representation of disability in the arts.

Throughout DANC events, producers and production companies have expressed their desire to see more pitches submitted from disabled writers. After discussions with one of the previous industry guests, Justine Potter on how best to create a solution for this, Justine would like to offer a “How to pitch for TV” workshop for disabled writers

The workshop will be run by Justine Potter, Head of TV Drama Development at LA Productions, Usman Mullan – Assistant Producer at BBC Writersroom North and Lindsay Williams – Story Producer at Coronation Street.

Criteria & How to apply: To apply for the “How to pitch for TV” workshop you must have a form of writing credit. Please send your name, list of any previous writing work and what you would like to gain from attending the workshop to info@triplec.website 

Location: HOME Theatre (M15 4FN) 

Date: Monday 4 June 2018, 1pm-4pm

Deadline: 21 May 2018

Source: BBC Writersroom

Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab open for bookings

Cyborphic is proud to announce the Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab, a workshop series on writing, performing and directing science fiction for the stage. The event will take place 21-24 May 2018 at the London Theatre Workshop in central London and will be the first workshop series of its kind.
“Little research has been done on science fiction theatre, and there is little guidance available for artists wishing to stage the genre. Cyborphic is determined to change that and to offer artists the opportunity to investigate the immense possibilities of theatrical sci-fi during the workshops of the Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab. We also want these workshops to become a networking opportunity for theatre artists passionate about science fiction to experiment, collaborate and collectively imagine the future of theatre.”
Workshop details: The workshops will take place in London Theatre Workshop (zone 1, close to Bank Station) on 21-24 May 2018.
These workshops explore all aspects of sf theatre and are addressed to actors, writers, directors and theatremakers from all backgrounds.
Cost: For Workshop Series (all 4 dates): £30/ for Individual Workshops: £10.
Workshop Schedule
Monday 21 May 2018 – 5.30-8pm: “Lecture-workshop: Introduction to Science Fiction Theatre & Adapting SF for the Stage” Christos Callow Jr (Playwright, Director, Artistic Director of Cyborphic)
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – 6-8pm“Worldbuilding for SF Theatre” Chloe Mashiter (Director, Writer, Maker of Digital and Live Games)
Wednesday 23 May 2018 – 6-8pm: “Devising Science Fiction Theatre” Dominic Allen (Actor, Writer, Artistic Director of Belt Up Theatre)
Thursday 24 May 2018 – 5-6pm: “Reflections on the Workshops so far.” (Writers can bring short scenes / monologues of sf theatre to explore with actors & directors.) Christos Callow Jr
 
Thursday 24 May 2018 –  6-8pm: “Directing & Writing Science Fiction Theatre” Edward Einhorn (Playwright and Theatre Director, Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #6)
How to book: For more information and to register for the workshops visit eventbrite
Deadline: None posted but workshops start on 21 May 2018
Source: Direct contact