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LPW: #WriteHacks coming soon!

As promised, we’ve got some exciting content coming up for our members this year and the of first our new initiatives will be making its’ way to you this March. 

#WriteHacks

As playwrights, juggling the whole writing thing with every day life is hands down one of our biggest challenges.  Often, by the time we tick off enough of our to-do lists to sit down and get some actual writing done, we’re then slapped in the face with a blank page, not knowing how to fill it.

It’s pretty easy to end up in a frustrating cycle where we hopelessly try to squeeze everything and then feel guilty when our creative brain doesn’t quite fire up in the way we want it to, when we want it to.

The truth is, there aren’t many writers who have time to sit in front of their laptop all day casually typing up their latest masterpiece without distraction. And even those who do aren’t immune to writers’ block , scrolling through Instragam or watching the kettle boil instead of writing. The trick with it all really is to make the writing time we do have, fully count. 

With that in mind, we’ve created #WriteHacks, a series of life hacks for writers which will land in your inbox every day throughout the month of March.

Each day, you’ll receive a different ‘hack’, designed to boost productivity, inspire you and give you the motivation to write more.

We’ve collected hacks from a really exciting bunch of people from playwrights to producers (and of course. the LPW team!) so you won’t want to miss out on getting these wise words thrown into your inbox during March!

How to sign up

This resource is exclusively for our members (you can sign up for less than 4 quid though and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do!)

Members, CLICK HERE to sign up to receive #WriteHack emails.

If you’re not a member yet, sign up now and follow the link as above.

 

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room

On Saturday 16 February, Pitlochry Festival Theatre will throw open its doors to writers, as part of their new artistic ambition to engage and deepen the theatre’s connection with writers at all stages of their careers.

The WritersRoom has two specially designed spaces at the Theatre. The Tummel Room has been created to offer writers the opportunity to be inspired by PFT’s natural landscape as it looks onto the river. There is also the Reading Room. This is connected to the Theatre’s rehearsal spaces, which will act as a library for writers, as well as another writing space.

These new writing spaces will offer physical support for writers to help germinate and generate stories that PFT’s Artistic Team hopes will find a home in Pitlochry or with one of PFT’s partners like Perth TheatreTraverseLuminateThe TronRoyal LyceumSolar BearHOME, plus many more. Furthermore throughout the year there will be opportunities to learn from other great playwrights and dramaturgs like David Greig and Timberlake Wertenbaker. All these sessions will be free.

Find out more here. 

Deadline: various dates throughout 2019

Source: @Playwriting_UK

 

Stagedoor App Podcast (Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office)

Stagedoor App have released a podcast of an interview between  Bridget Minamore and Chris Campbell of the Royal Court’s Literary Office.

Bridget and Chris chat through the particulars of how writers get their work commissioned by the Court, what they’re looking for, how the department develops relationships with writers – and in particular how the unsolicited submissions system works, dispelling a few myths in the process

If you’d like to give it a listen, you can do so here.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Join us for the all new LPW Online Book Club!

The LPW Online Book Club is just one of the things you can access if you become a member! 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).

We’re changing the way we do Book Club…

Our online Book Club has been running for a few months now and we’ve read some diverse and brilliant plays – and taken part in some vibrant discussion! However, we haven’t had as many of you engaging with as we’d have liked, so recently we took to our Facebook group to ask our members how we could improve things…

We’ve your feedback on board and have come up with a new and improved version of Book Club!

Texts will be announced seasonally

One of the major things you wanted was plenty of time to get your hands on and read the play before the discussion, so we’ll now be announcing the texts in seasonal three monthly blocks.

How does it work? 

We’ll post a reminder of the chosen play at the start of each month.

Many of you found it tricky to join in the discussion when it was scheduled for a specific time, so instead, from the 15th of each month, discussion will open on our Facebook Group and stay open. You can dip in and out throughout the rest of the month as much or as little as you like, whenever is convenient for you.

All you need to do is read the play and come on over to our Members Facebook Group to join the discussion! Book club threads will be marked with the hashtag #bookclub, so it will be easy to find the discussion.

(Please note, to avoid spoilers for those who haven’t finished the play yet, any comments posted on our Facebook Group prior to 15th of each month will be deleted). 

When does it start? 

The next Book Club starts on 1 July 2018, where we’ll send out a reminder to read the text. The discussion will then open on our Facebook Group from 15 July 2018. 

What plays will we be reading this summer?  

 

July: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (William Shakespeare)

August: A Raisin In The Sun (Lorraine Hansberry)

September: Look Back in Anger (John Osborne)

Why not join us and get the chance to discuss plays with other playwrights and to get to know other LPW members? Find out more about joining here!

Image by LW Lang via Flickr CC

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 your scripts polished to perfection.

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

The course starts in May and will be delivered in 10 bite-size weekly installments, which will be available over on our members site (and straight to your inbox too, if you so choose). Details on how to sign up will coming very soon!

Summer Sessions

When the sun comes out and the nights get longer, it’s easy for your writing to take a backseat – well who wants to be cooped up behind their laptop when they could be out enjoying some rare British sunshine? So, to help you keep up the writing momentum, we’ll be bringing you a series of mini-workshops throughout August: they’ll be short, fun and keep you inspired during the summer lull (and will also keep you occupied on those inevitable rainy days!) More details to follow, so watch this space!

As always, these resources come at no extra cost to our members. 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).

Image by Karsun Designs via Flickr CC

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

The WGGB has launched a free resource on musical theatre. The Musical Theatre Kit covers creation, development and production and signposts the places where detailed information can be found about each aspect of the process.

The Kit explores how musical theatre is a collaborative art-form. It recognises that the material is created by a combination of book writers, composers and lyricists – or devised by a collective of writers and performers.

It initially focuses on helping this writing team with copyright ownership, copyright merging and small rights issues. Advice on the key steps for writers is supplied, alongside additional online sample contracts and resources.

The focus then shifts to advice on working with the source material itself, whether an original story, an adaption of existing material in the public domain – out of copyright – or an adaption of an existing work that is still in copyright.

The Kit also investigates the part of the process when the appropriate rights have been acquired, the collaboration agreement has been reached, and the writing process begins.

Finally, advice is offered to writers at the stage when turning the ideas into production kicks off in earnest, after the musical has been written.

At each stage, the budding writer and working partners are given information and sources to smooth their path. This Kit should prove a vital document in encouraging and supporting writers for musical theatre.

How to get it: The Musical Theatre Kit is available online as a free PDF, which you can download here.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Read original drafts of trailblazing playwrights published free online by British Library

The British Library’s Discovering Literature website will launch in March 2017, providing a chance to read the original drafts of trailblazing playwrights for free online – and perhaps get inspired.

Manuscripts from JB Priestley, Joan Littlewood and Shelagh Delaney will be published free of charge on the British Library website Discovering Literature site from March 2017 – alongside more than 100 other items from its 20th century drama collections, including Terence Rattigan scripts.

Other items include original drafts of plays, reports and correspondence from the Lord Chamberlain’s office, costume and set designs, and letters and photographs. There will also be newly commissioned articles written by theatre figures, including Michael Billington.

The library said: “This array of rich content will offer new insights into the creative lives of these trailblazing playwrights for a new generation.”

They will be made available as high-resolution images.

Discovering Literature is a free-to-use website that gives A-level students and teachers, as well as literature fans, access to content, including collections relating to Shakespeare.

Source: Playwriting UK retweeted The Stage’s article regarding the British Library’s exhibition.

Free R&D space at Diorama for BAMER theatre companies

New Diorama and Diorama Arts Studio‘s BAMER Companies Project will provide free rehearsal and development space for Black, Asian, Minority Ethic and Refugee focused or led theatre companies for up to 30 weeks a year.

They are looking to develop and work with new artists and are offering free access to the space.

Eligibility: A theatre company which is Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Refugee focused or led.

How to Apply: There is an online application form on the webpage.

Deadline: 26 August 2016

Source: Talawa Newsletter