Writing Advice

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing – for the Playwright

In this post, playwright, dramaturg and LPW script reader,  Nika Obydzinski discusses how Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing can be used as a toolbox for playwrights… This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr’s groundbreaking masterpiece Slaughterhouse-5, his third novel. Before he became a novelist, Vonnegut cut his teeth …

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COMMON GROUND: Career Progression as a Working-Class Artist in Leeds

West Yorkshire Playhouse is delighted to be working with COMMON, an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help working-class artists build sustainable careers in theatre, to deliver their COMMON GROUND initiative. COMMON GROUND is an inclusive, supportive discussion exclusively aimed at artists based in Leeds …

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LPW – new members content for Spring/ Summer!

We’re thrilled to announce some exciting new content coming up for our members this Spring & Summer… The Re-drafting Toolkit Following on from the success of #WrAP2018, where a whopping 150 of you signed up to write a play in January, we figured it was high time to give you some killer resources to get …

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Are women writers making themselves invisible?

For Women’s Equality Day, LPB is re-running this post from last year’s Dark Horse Festival, which was our most shared post of 2016.   After the post went live, we saw a huge uptick in submissions from female writers. In fact, we ended the submission period with roughly equal submissions from male and female writers. …

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Free tickets to book launch/showcase of Student Guide to Writing competition winners

The Bush Theatre, MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books have announced the book launch and showcase of the winning student and emerging writers’ work from “The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting” competition. The book launch and showcase of winning work will take place …

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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 …

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Pursued By A Bear: “I finished my play. What do I do now?”

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor.  He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on nothing but his bare wits, brute strength, and questionable personal experiences. “I feel like a marathon runner who has just ran a 10000 MILES and in search for water, but has just been informed water …

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Pursued By A Bear: “My partner hates it when I write”

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor.  He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on nothing but his bare wits, brute strength, and questionable personal experiences. “I’m purposefully not saying what gender I am, because I don’t want this to be about that. Thanks for …

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Pursued By A Bear: “Should I write short plays or full length?”

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor.  He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on nothing but his bare wits, brute strength, and questionable personal experiences. “I see a lot of competitions asking for short plays. But it seems like theatres only put on full …

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Pursued By A Bear: “My fringe show failed. What next?

Pursued By A Bear is our weekly advice column with playwright Adam Taylor.  He’ll tackle your playwriting questions – from practical issues to existential dilemmas – relying on nothing but his bare wits, brute strength, and questionable personal experiences. “Hi Adam. So I finally took the leap to put my show on in the fringe. (I won’t say …

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