Category Archives: Writing Workshops

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

On a quarterly basis, we organise a get-together with our members. This a friendly, informal gathering that offers a chance to chat with like-minded writers and meet the LPW Team!

Our next meetup will take place on Saturday 2 March 2019 at the Old Diorama Studios, and we thought it, after #WrAP2019, it would be the perfect opportunity for you to share some of your work and get some feedback from other LPW members.

How does it work? members are invited to bring in 5 pages of their script  for sharing in the group and during the session, there will be plenty of opportunity to try out your ideas, discuss your work and get some tips for redrafting from the LPW team.

What time is it?  the session is planned to run from 2pm – 4pm but if there is high demand for the event, we may split the session in to two time slots – we want to make sure everyone gets the chance to share their work and we don’t want to turn members away! If this happens, we’ll start the first session at 1pm. We’ll confirm this in the new year, once we’ve got a better idea of numbers.After the session, we’ll head to the bar next door so you can carry on the conversation! 

Do I need to have participated in #WrAP2019 to attend? Nope, we’d love to catch up with as many of our members as possible, so if you didn’t take part in WrAP this time around, don’t let it put you off. Feel free to bring 5 pages with you from any script you’ve been working on!

What should I bring with me? Please bring enough copies of your 5 pages for the characters in your play to share 1 between 2.

How to book: members can book their free tickets here. Please note, booking is absolutely essential so that we can plan the session accordingly.

Not a member yet? You can sign up for around the price of a coffee per month and get access to events such as these, #WrAP2019 and many more exciting member benefits. Read more here. 

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club

The Writer’s Club is a unique club for playwrights, where writers come together to develop their scripts, learn, share and inspire. It takes place fortnightly on Saturdays 11am – 1pm or Monday evenings 6pm – 8pm at Calder Bookshop & Theatre, Waterloo, London.

The next term starts in January, read more here.

How to apply: membership fee is £100 a term (every 4 months).  To apply you will need to submit two samples of your work (no more than 10 minutes each). Places  are limited so apply now to avoid disappointment.  To apply, visit the website. 

Deadline: none posted 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester)

This is a  full day practical workshop were you will be asked to write and participate and share ideas.

Why are some characters funnier than others? Why was Friends so much better in the first two seasons? Why don’t comedic characters have to have character arcs? Why are British and American comedies different – and are they really? And how, dear God, do you construct an effective plotline?!

If these are the kind of questions you ponder of a weekend, and if you have a head full of sitcom characters and mirthful plotlines, this workshop could be for you. We’ll focus on how you can structure ideas into effective and funny scripts, looking especially at the ins and outs of narrative structure, and how that can be the maker or breaker of your script.

Date: 28 January 2018, 10am – 4pm

Cost: £39.89

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

The Arcola Theatre: Scriptwriting Masterclass – Bending the rules

This weekend masterclass will explore ways to bend the established rules of scriptwriting. It will consider bedrocks of dramatic writing such as plot, character and setting, and the way conflict and change are typically enacted by –  or against – these.

During the weekend they’ll ask to what extent received ideas and rules about scriptwriting are relevant now.  Participants will explore these questions through discussion and sustained writing exercises, riffing off playwriting traditions but also looking beyond these towards performance art and devised theatre.

This workshop is led by writer and theatre-maker Tim Cowbury.

Course dates: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 December 2019, 10am-5pm (including one-hour lunch break)

Cost: £170

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Women’s Writing Workshop with Actor Awareness (University Women in the Arts)

University Women In the Arts, the mentoring scheme to improve the transition for women from studying the arts to working in the arts, has announced the first in a series of events with partner organisations to help tackle abuse in the arts. This will lead towards the publication of a book to provide a platform for female arts students voices to be heard, alongside a toolkit for use by teachers at school and university level or for use by students on their own to help equip students to deal with, tackle and help eradicate bullying, abuse and harassment in the arts.

This is a free writing workshop run in partnership with Actor Awareness and sudsidised by Art School to ensure access. This workshop is aimed particularly at working class female arts students and recent graduates as well as female arts students and recent graduates from low income backgrounds.

The workshop will cover: 

  • Writing exercises and a toolkit to help you create your submission for the project and share your views on abuse in the arts – this will include Ideas, Structure and Rewriting (1 hour)
  • Feedback on your submission for the book (1 hour)
  • Advice on the issue of abuse in the arts and how to tackle bullying, abuse and harassment and an opportunity to offer your views on what you feel should be in the toolkit to be included in the book (1 hour)

Workshop date: 22 January 2019 6-9pm at a central London venue tba

How to book: register for free tickets for the Writing Workshop

Find out more about the Project on their website

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom

Self-producing: Where Do I Begin? – free workshop at The Pleasance for artists who identify as female

 For theatre artists who identify as female interested in learning the first steps in how to self-produce. The workshop will explore the different venues and opportunities available in London alongside grappling with some of the big questions, aiming for you leave inspired and empowered to make those first steps in self-producing your own work.

Location: The Pleasance, Islington

Date: 19 October, 3pm

Cost: free

Book here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: direct contact

Playwriting at the Pit at the Cockpit Theatre

The team behind the Omnibus Writer’s group return with a new workshop from October 10th – Playwriting at the Pit at London’s Cockpit Theatre.

The Playwriting at the Pit 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) are delighted be working at the Cockpit Theatre studios this autumn to help develop more plays and support more new writing.
How it works: Playwriting at the Pit has been devised to support writers with new work. Whether you are established or just starting out, we can help you focus, get your ideas on paper and move forward with your drafts. The programme comprises six weekly sessions led by Saffron and Mike at the Cockpit with two writing weeks for you to work on your play in your own time.

Course details: sessions take place on Wednesday from 7-9pm from  10 October 2018. The Cockpit is a short walk from Marlybone Station.

Details and tickets can be found here.

Deadline: non applicable

Source: direct contact

At Sea Writers’ Residency open for applications from writers under 30

A twice-yearly writers’ residency based in Margate, Kent, designed to provide a thinking-friendly refuge for young writers. Recipients will have use of a historic two-bedroom seafront flat in Margate, as well as a £250 bursary towards expenses and £50 towards train travel.

Each iteration of the residency will have a different theme: the inaugural theme is novel-writing. Applicants should be in the midst of a novel and will need to submit 5,000 words plus a synopsis with their application.

If you are under 30 and you write, you are eligible to apply for At Sea. However, the theme of the residency will change each time: the first residency (in November 2018) is open to anyone under 30 who is working on a novel; the second (in March 2019) will be open to anyone under 30 who is working on a play. (Poets, memoirists, graphic novelists, screenwriters, biographers, essayists – your time will come!)

How to apply: find the full details and apply here

Deadline: 15 October 2018

Source: Twitter contact

BBC Writersroom Workshop at the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival, Hull – open for bookings

Ever wondered how to get noticed by the BBC? How to send your script and what happens when you do? How we assess your work? What grabs us and what puts us off? If you’re after some tips, this is a session not to miss.

BBC Writersroom is always on the lookout for fresh, new, talented writers of any age and experience with an original voice and great stories to tell. Join Usman Mullan, Development Producer for BBC Writersroom North (which focuses on championing writers from across the UK) who will provide you with some invaluable tips and answer any burning questions you may have about scriptwriting.

Date and time: Saturday 29 September, 11.30am-12.30pm

Location: Hull Central Library, HU1 3TF

How to book: 

Register for Free Tickets on Eventbrite

Find out more about the Contains Strong Language Festival over 3 days in Hull this September and sign-up for more events (nearly all are free).

Deadline: not applicable

Source: BBC Writersroom