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A New Chapter for LPB…

Support LPB – Become a Member!

The past four years of running London Playwrights’ Blog have been wonderful – we’ve loved getting to work with and support so many incredible writers.

But they have also been challenging. As we’ve grown our work, we’ve needed to build the infrastructure to support that. Even with a team working on a volunteer basis, finding the funds to cover our basic costs (web hosting, insurance, accountant fees) has been a bit of a struggle.

So… we’re taking a leap of faith.

We are launching a membership site: www.londonplaywrights.org

If you have read our blog and benefitted from the opportunities we’ve posted, we hope you’ll think about joining. For only the cost of a cup of coffee, you can provide the vital to keep our work running – and do even more.

If you sign up as a member, in addition to securing the future of London Playwrights’ Blog, you’re going to get special benefits – exclusive digital content, quarterly member meetups, a members-only Facebook group, and lots more to come.

Visit our site to learn more about what we’re offering to members and why you should join.

Plus if you join now, you can get a free booking code to our London Writers’ Week events this Saturday 8 July at the Bush Theatre!  We’d love to see you at our events, or for drinks in the bar afterwards if you want to meet us, learn more about what we’re doing, and celebrate our launch!

Our regular LPB opportunities listings and blog content will continue to be offered for free to all, so don’t worry – the resource that you already know and love isn’t going anywhere!

It’s been a real pleasure giving to you, the wonderful writers in this community. We’ll hope you’ll be inspired to give back to us. Join the movement of new writers coming together to make a bright future for new writing!

Check out our brand new Members’ site now!

Play Amnesty: Glasgow Women’s Library call for donations of plays written by women

Glasgow Women’s Library and Stellar Quines have launched a Play Amnesty to showcase female playwriting talent.

The Play Amnesty is a call out for plays written by women which can be put on a drama shelf  to be unveiled on the 8 March to mark International Women’s Day.

Glasgow Women’s Library and Stellar Quines say: “As we both champion female voices we are asking people to donate copies of plays and scripts written by women that have been published, produced and/or performed for a new drama shelf.

“To reflect the rich diversity of the GWL collection, plays are sought from female writers of any nationality. The library is particularly keen to receive plays that have a female focus, or strong roles for women, and writing from the trans community and women of colour. Plays not written in the English language are also welcomed.

What to submit:  A play written by a woman that has been published/produced/performed.

How to apply: Plays can be posted to or dropped off at GWL to: Play Amnesty, Glasgow Women’s Library, 23 Landressy St, Glasgow, G40 1BP. Or at drop off points.

Deadline: 28 February 2017

Source: @Playwriting_UK

 

 

Orton – a new online resource for writers

Orton is a new online resource that enables writers to develop their work within a community environment. It allows work to be shared and discussed and invites fellow-writers (and readers) to suggest edits, comment on what’s working and give critical feedback on a completed draft or snippet of material. It’s completely free to use and the project’s website outlines some key aspects of Orton:

  • Crowd Editing – Readers and writers can suggest edits for submitted material.
  • Detailed feedback – Writers and readers can annotate directly on submitted work, making feedback specific and ‘easy to understand’.
  • Easy communication – Communicate with the community through an online messaging platform.
  • Allow ‘your audience to discover your work’ – Build an audience through sharing snippets with readers.
  • Managing a writer’s work – Writers can upload all of their work to share privately or with everyone.

It’s the brainchild of Beth Cleavy who commented, ‘It [Orton] takes the concept that writers need their work editing and through easy annotation and conversation features, it makes feedback in-depth and concise, on a level not seen before. It’s also a place for readers to enjoy the genre and style of writing they like with a smooth and beautiful reading experience…’

She added, ‘I know posting your work is like handing your baby over to a stranger with mean eyes, but Orton will track who has read your work and who has annotated. My aim is to make writers feel safe enough to share.’

You can sign up for Orton now and it launches soon! In fact the launch party is in Manchester on Thursday, 17 November. It’s free – and you’re invited!

Deadline: n/a

Source: BBCWritersroom

Help us to reach our fundraising target!

As you know, we’re running The Dark Horse Festival next week as part of London Writers’ Week. The festival showcases the best unproduced scripts in London and shows the wide range of London’s playwriting talent. We’re running a fundraising campaign to make sure the festival is as successful as it can possibly be!

We’re a non-profit organisation and it is our core value that the content on our website and the opportunities we bring you are, and always will be, free. However, we’re also  passionate about creating opportunities for playwrights ourselves and The Dark Horse Festival is us making this happen! Through the contacts we’ve made through our work, nominations from theatres and an open call out for scripts, we’ve selected five unproduced plays from exciting new writers – and we’re hoping that their place in the festival will give them the recognition they deserve.

The festival is costing over £10,000 to run and thanks to Arts Council England and a private donor, we’ve covered the bulk of our costs, but – we haven’t quite crossed the finished line. We’re still short of our target, and reaching it will ensure we run things as brilliantly as possible for the writers involved!

And so,  we’re asking for your help – if you can donate, even the tiniest amount, it really will make all the difference to our work. Pennies, a fiver, whatever you can spare – we really would be grateful for your support.

If you’d like to donate, please visit our Go Fund Me page and as we said, even the smallest amount would be much appreciated!

The festival takes place on 7 July 2016 – see all the details and book here

Thanks for your support and of course, thanks for reading our website!

The LPB Team 

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Winner of Kenneth Branagh Award announced – and call for directors!

Three winners of the Windsor Fringe’s Kenneth Branagh Drama Award for New Writing, 2016, have been announced!

Congratulations go to Jacky Daly for ‘The Space Between’, David Hendon for ‘Eyes to the Wind’ and Eleanor Clare for ‘Jameson & Son. Funeral Services Since 1888’.

Organisers said judges were impressed with the high standard of writing and told us that two out of the three winners heard of the opportunity through BBC Writersroom. The three winning works will be staged on Oct 6th, 7th and 8th in Windsor and the ‘overall’ winner will be announced after the last performance…

Windsor Fringe is now looking for directors… But you have to be quick! Find out more on their facebook page!

University Women in the Arts announces first public event & partnership with Oberon

UNIVERSITY WOMEN IN THE ARTS ANNOUNCES FIRST PUBLIC EVENT AND NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH OBERON BOOKS

University Women in the Arts, the new scheme for female students studying arts subjects at Universities across the UK, has announced its first public event.

This will be an In Conversation event with Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and the former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC.

Kate Rowland, will be In Conversation with Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts and Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Matins.

The free event is open to all and will take place on July 7th at 4pm at Central Saint Martins as part of this year’s London Writers’ Week.

Other mentors who are a part of University Women in the Arts, which brings together and provides access to the advice of 15 of the women who have led the way in the arts in the UK, include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of the English National Ballet, Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin Books, film producer (including of the Harry Potter films) Tanya Seghatchian, Charlotte Higgins, chief culture writer at The Guardian, and historian, columnist and presenter Amanada Foreman, who recently presented the BBC series The Ascent of Women.

The one off scheme aims to address the fact that more women study arts subjects at University level but less women work in the arts, particularly in artistic and leadership roles, for example over 70% of students at the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest arts University, are female but only around 30% of professional writers and artists are female according to recent Tonic Theatre, British Theatre Consortium and UAL figures.

University Women in the Arts has also announced a new partnership with Oberon Books, who will publish “Women in the Arts”, a new book with interviews with each of the 15 mentors as a permanent legacy for the project, and who join other partners the Women of the Future Programme, Tonic Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins on supporting the scheme.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: “University Women in the Arts brings together 15 of the women who have led the way in the arts in the UK. We are looking forward to providing access to these women via these 15 free public sessions, where the mentors will discuss their careers, the challenges they have faced and how they have overcome them and offer advice to any women wanting to work in the arts. We also delighted with our new partnership with Oberon Books – the book “Women in the Arts” will provide an important legacy meaning that, even if you can’t attend the public events, you can access the advice of 15 women who are leading the way in the arts in the UK for the first time”.

In addition to the free public sessions, which are open to all, University Women in the Arts has also selected 15 female talented University students form a nationwide search who will receive private advice and mentoring from the 15 mentors over the course of the next year as well.

For more information on University Women in the Arts please go to: www.universitywomeninthearts.com

To book free tickets to the first University Women in the Arts event please go to: www.londonwritersweek-universitywomeninthearts.eventbrite.co.uk

Date of event: 7 July 2016 at 4pm

Source: direct contact

London Playwrights Workshop is looking for an Intern!

Interested in learning about blogging and supporting playwrights? We want to hear from you!

London Playwrights Workshop is seeking an intern to support the work of London Playwrights Blog.

The post is ideally suited to an emerging writer interested in learning about blogging and getting involved with a non-profit company during its start-up stage.

About the job: The role will focus on supporting LPB in finding and posting opportunities and producing the weekly opportunities roundup.

For a person with the right interests and experience, there may also be opportunities to write additional content for the site and be involved in the production of the Dark Horse Festival taking place this July as part of London Writers Week.

Requirements: No previous experience of blogging or WordPress is required, as training will be provided in these areas. However, confident writing skills, reliable personality, and strong attention to detail are essential.

You must be 18 or older to apply for this role.

Because blogs are deadline-driven, producing polished and accurate work to schedule is the most essential component of this role. Should you be shortlisted, we’ll ask for a reference who can speak to your capabilities and strengths in these areas.

Hours/Duration:  5-7 hours per week (approx).  The hours are flexible and designed to work around other professional and personal commitments, as the majority of the work can be completed from home. As long as deadlines are met, you can work when you please!

The role requires a three month commitment to the blog, from June-August 2016.

Payment: This post is unpaid. London Playwrights Blog is run on a voluntary basis by its staff and writers, and this applies to the Intern role as well.

How to apply: Please send a CV and cover letter explaining why you’re interested in working with LPB and why you think you’re right for the role to: londonplaywrightsblog@gmail.com.

Please also include an equal opportunities monitoring form if you are comfortable supplying this information. (Why do we ask for this information? Click if you’re curious!)

Deadline: Wednesday 8 June 2016

Photo credit: Ian via Flickr Commons CC Licence

BBC Comedy Classroom – comedy writing resources for young people

Comedy Classroom is a new BBC initiative designed to get young people writing and involved in comedy. There’s a competition with three different categories but even if you’re not eligible to enter, the scheme’sofficial website is bursting with fantastic videos offering practical advice on writing comedy.

David Walliams shares some secrets about crafting a great stand-up routine and Jack Whitehall reveals some of his top tips. The site also has dozens of videos illustrating various aspects of comedy, from juxtaposition to misdirection and metaphors.

And if you’re involved in education you’ll find teachers resources including a downloadable handbook and a selection of posters.

Comedy Classroom is a terrific resource for anyone – young and old – who’s interested in comedy. It’s a great way to get kids involved in writing but offers plenty of interest to anyone who wants to shake their funny bones. Head over to the Comedy Classroom site to find out more!

Deadline: none posted/ various

Source: BBC Writersroom

MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London launch new competition series for students

MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books launch new competition series for students.

The new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books have announced that they are launching a new competition series for student writers at schools and Universities across the UK.

The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting will be the first in a series of competitions designed to share the best dramatic writing training in the UK with students and teachers in schools and Universities in the UK.

The series will launch at a launch event on December 16th at 7pm at Central Saint Martins – free tickets can be booked at www.platform-theatre.com

Following the launch event, students and teachers at schools and Universities across the UK can follow lesson plans to write a play from January to March 2016.

Lesson plans will be written by some of the UK’s leading playwriting experts including Steve Winter, co-founder of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation, Rob Drummer, the Bush Theatre’s Associate Dramaturg, John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy and author of the best selling book Into the Woods, and Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers’ programme.

At the end of the project, students can submit their work from the competition, with 5 student winners selected to attend a bootcamp on playwriting at Central Saint Martins and to see their work published by Oberon Books.

The competition series builds on research into dramatic writing training by the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins over the last two years (www.theyearofexperimentation.wordpress.com and www.theyearofexperimentationparttwo.wordpress.com) which revealed that it is often difficult for students and teachers to have access to the best dramatic writing training in the UK.

Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader for MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “The Student Guide to Writing is a new series designed to provide access to the best dramatic writing training in the UK for students and their teachers at schools and Universities across the UK. Teachers can use the lesson plans in classes or students can follow the lesson plans on their own. The winning student work will be published along with the lessons in a book published by Oberon Books as a permanent legacy of the project. We are thrilled about the partnership between Central Saint Martins, the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books on competition one, all of whom are leading the way in the UK.

Our research over the last two years (www.theyearofexperimentation.wordpress.com and www.theyearofexperimentationparttwo.wordpress.com) has shown it is often difficult for students and teachers to gain access to the best possible dramatic writing training coming out of the industry and lesson plans and we hope this new competition series will address that by providing step by step guidance by the best dramatic writing trainers in the UK.”

The Bush Theatre’s Rob Drummer said: “We’re delighted to be partnering The Student Guide to Writing which forms part of our efforts to inspire and develop playwrights from a diverse range of backgrounds and to engage audiences nationally in new theatre writing.”

Oberon Books’ Senior Editor George Spender said:  “All of us at Oberon are thrilled to be a part of this extremely exciting project that will no doubt have a tremendous influence on the next generation of writers and theatre makers.”

The launch event will include information about the competition and how to apply from Course Leader of MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London Jennifer Tuckett, Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre Rob Drummer and Senior Editor at Oberon Books George Spender, followed by a free playwriting workshop with the Bush Theatre’s Rob Drummer followed by a Q&A.

*The series will launch at a launch event on December 16th at 7pm at Central Saint Martins – free tickets can be booked at www.platform-theatre.com

Source: direct contact.