Category Archives: Pick of the Week

Our weekly pick of the week’s writing opportunities.

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB Workshop: The Redrafting Programme

Description: 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.

What’s so great about it? With just over a month to go before the Redrafting Programme starts, we thought it was only right that we gave you a friendly nudge to book your place – after all, you really don’t want to miss out on this brilliant chance to redraft your play to perfection.

So, what is so great about it, then? Well, the Redrafting Programme is a redrafting course with a difference! Realising how important feedback is when editing your work, we’ve decided to combine practical workshops with receiving individual, tailored feedback from our Head of Writer Development, Kimberley Andrews. Kimberley has worked with lots of writers both as a workshop leader and script consultant and has a passion (and a great track record!) for helping writers develop their work to its’ full potential.

Through the masterclasses, you’ll learn about the art of redrafting through practical exercises and you’ll be able to gain valuable feedback from your peers. You’ll then have a one-to-one session with Kimberley who will give you honest, insightful feedback and arm you with an action plan for writing your next draft.

The course starts on 13 October but due to the individual feedback element, places are strictly limited so early booking is recommended. This course is open to all levels, beginners welcome – all you need is a rough first draft at the ready!

*Members get 20% off! Read more here!*

Read the full details here

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting applications

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Channel 4 Screenwriting Course accepting applications (from 7 September)

Description: The Channel 4 Screenwriting Course offers 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

What’s so great about it? This course has been running for several years now and is a must for anyone wanting to break into the world of writing television drama.

The course offers professional experience and gives writers the chance to write an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode.  Each writer will also  be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will also be paid for participating in the course and writing their scripts.

So, if you want a shot at writing for TV, what have you got to lose? You’ll need to send them a writing sample along with your application form by 28 September – and applications open this Friday 7 September.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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The Questors Theatre seeking short plays on theme of ‘online revenge’

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: The Questors Theatre seeking short plays on theme of ‘online revenge’

Description: The Questors Theatre is planning a themed evening of short plays and selected entries will receive a staged reading during their coming season. They are calling out for short scripts – nothing longer than 15 minutes please – that explore the theme of ‘online revenge’.

What’s so great about it? Sometimes it’s great to stretch your imagination by writing to a brief and we think the theme of ‘online revenge’ will resonate with lots of you – given today’s obsession with social media. This is also a great chance to work with a theatre that is dedicated to new writing, to get your work performed on a London stage and to meet other like-minded creatives. So if you fancy exploring the darker side of social media, you’ve got until 30 September to get your 15 minutes plays in. Good luck!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB Workshop: Writing a Play for the Edinburgh Fringe

Description: 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?

Drawing upon his experience in taking a show to Edinburgh and looking ahead to next year’s festival,  workshop leader, 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 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.

What’s so great about it? Do you ever wish you could take a play up to Edinburgh but don’t have  a clue where to start? Then this is your workshop of dreams! Led by Freddie Machin, who has actually taken a show to Edinburgh (in 2012 he 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), this course looks at what it takes to write a show for the festival.

It doesn’t end there either –  the course also includes loads of practical information on the producing side of things, which can often seem daunting when you don’t know how.  And not only is Freddie an experienced writer, he’s also a super brilliant workshop leader who currently teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy.

Places are strictly limited on this course to keep the group size comfortable so we’re flagging this one up to remind you to book early! Go go go!

Read the full details here.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Applications open for the Old Vic 12

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Applications open for the Old Vic 12

Description: The search is on to find the next group of exciting artists to become The Old Vic 12. The Old Vic is looking for three directors, three playwrights, three producers and three exciting collaborators from any discipline: designers, composers, DJs, lighting designers, movement directors, illusionists and everything in-between; if you’re interested in collaboration and new writing, they want to hear from you.

What’s so great about it? if you are a creative who is looking to make a change in their work, whether that’s a step up or the support to go in a new direction, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity from the Old Vic. 12 creatives (including 3 playwrights) will be chosen for a year attachment with the Old Vic, which includes professional mentoring and the chance to work with other creatives and build your network.  The selected 12 will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays to be presented at The Old Vic. Applications are open now until 3 September so make sure you give it a go if you’re looking to take your work to the next level!

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: Hampstead Theatre submission window open

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Hampstead Theatre submission window open

Description: The Hampstead Theatre is looking for original plays and promising writers. Their annual submission window is now open for submissions of full length.

What’s so great about it? The Hampstead Theatre only opens their unsolicited script window once a year, so we thought it was only right that we gave you a reminder! Whilst there are no promises with this one, every play does get read so if you think you have something which fits their criteria, it’s worth sending it in. The Hampstead Theatre is one of the big players in terms of new writing so don’t miss this chance to have your work read by their team. You can submit full length, unproduced plays until 31 August – good luck!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

Description:The sun is shining, the park (or pub!) is calling and every time you look at your laptop screen you see a terrifying empty void. Sound familiar? Then don’t miss this online workshop – the first of our Summer Sessions  series  – which will bring you a selection of tips and exercises to help you to overcome writers’ block and boost your creativity

What’s so great about it? This August, we’ll be bringing you the Summer Sessions, a series of workshops designed to boost your writing during the summer lull. The first workshop will be released this Friday, 3rd August, and promises to help you get those creative ideas bubbling and overcome the dreaded writers’ block.

You don’t need to be based in London for this one as its’ online and it’s suitable for writers of all levels – whether you are about to write your 100th play or tentatively starting your first. The only thing you need to do to access this workshop is to become a member, which you can do for less than 4 quid per month – and this will also give you access to other courses and cool stuff.  There’s no deadline for this one as once we upload our courses, we leave them live for you to participate in whenever you choose!

Read the full details here.

 

Opportunties- Pick of the Week: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for new writing night

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Little Pieces of Gold seeking shorts for new writing night

Description: Little Pieces of Gold is staging another new writing night on the 23rd September 2018 at Southwark Playhouse and they’re seeking 8 new ten minute plays. A shortlist will be drawn up and LPOG’s directing team will select the final line-up and inform the writers of the eight selected plays. Your plays will then be cast, fully rehearsed and presented at on 23rd September.

What’s so great about it? Here’s your chance to get your short play staged at Southwark Playhouse by the highly esteemed Little Pieces of Gold! Little Pieces of Gold have been running new writing nights for a while now and each event has been met with success. It’s also a great opportunity to develop your short play writing skills and this one doesn’t have a specific theme so you can really get your teeth in to writing something you are passionate about. Submissions close on 10 August – good luck!

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

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Opportunities – Pick of the Week: LPB Creative Inspiration Workshop & Writers’ Meetup

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: LPB at London Writers’ Week – Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise and Writers’ Meetup

Description: It’s London Writers’ Week 2018 and we’re pleased to be partners for the week. This year’s theme is film and as well as the fantastic line-up of events for the week, LPB will be bringing you some exciting workshops and a social meetup. 

**If you’re quick, you can still nab a ticket to Freddie Machin’s workshop from Page to Stage, which takes place Thursday 19 July at 3pm. **

Otherwise, on Saturday 21 July, we’ll be bringing you a Creative Inspiration workshop and a writers’ meetup. 

What’s so great about it? Ok, this week’s Pick of the Week is a shameless plug for our London Writers’ Week events. But what can we say? We really want to see you there!  Plus, it would be a shame for any writer to miss out on the opportunity to find inspiration for new ideas and to network with other writers.

This Saturday, LPB’s Kimberley Andrews will be bringing you Creative Inspiration: Building a Premise – a fun-filled and dynamic 90 minutes of coming up with ideas and using them to build a premise for a script. No previous writing experience is necessary for this one, everyone is welcome and the atmosphere will be supportive rather than scary! Tickets are just a fiver and the workshop takes place at the Diorama Arts Centre near Kings’ Cross.

Following the workshop, we’ll be meeting in the bar for a social event, where you can chat to other writers (and network without the awkwardness). It’s free to come along to this one and if you can’t make the workshop beforehand, don’t let that put you off.

Hope to see you there! And if London is too far, don’t worry, we’ll be following up by posting some blog content about our events very soon.

Read the full details here. 

 

Opportunities – Pick of the Week: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for entries of comedy scripts

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize open for entries of comedy scripts

Description: The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the second largest national playwriting competition, and provides a great platform for new comedy writing across the UK and Republic of Ireland. They are currently accepting submissions of previously unproduced comedy scripts.

What’s so great about it? This is one of the big playwriting competitions and one of the only ones targeted at comedy writers. The prize for the winner is a whopping £10K and if that’s not enough to convince you, the winner also gets the opportunity to have their play considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court theatre, while up to two Highly Commended awards of £1,500 are also on offer. Judging is anonymous and you’ve got until 22 July to get those scripts in, so still time for some last minute polishing!

Read the full details here

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Liverpool Hope University