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London Writers’ Week 2018 – THIS WEEK!

It’s London Writers’ Week 2018!

We are super excited to be partners for the week for the third year running. This year’s theme is ‘film’ and profits from the week go to organisations which help promote diversity in the arts.

Not booked yet? Check out the full programme of London Writers’ Week events here. 

As always, LPB will be bringing you some exciting events as part of the week, check them out here – and don’t forget to book your spot!

From Stage to Screen

19 July 2018: 3pm – 5.30pm – £10

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. All levels welcome. Read the full details and book here.

Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea

21 July 2018: 3pm – 4.30pm – £5
 
In this upbeat and dynamic session with LPB’s Kimberley Andrews, you’ll explore different ways to find inspiration and generate ideas for scripts through practical exercises. You’ll then work on turning one of your ideas into a film premise, which you’ll get the chance to pitch within a small group for feedback. Read the full details and book here.

Social Meetup for Writers with London Playwright’s Blog

21 July 2018: 4.30pm- 6.30pm – Free

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about LPB! Find out more and book here.

Monobox Workshop: Creating memorable characters with Lisa Carroll

What makes a brilliant, memorable character? How can we create them on the page?

Flawed and compelling characters are the cornerstone of any powerful drama. But what is character? And how can we create characters that actors want to sink their teeth into, and truly speak to audiences?

This will be a session for writers of all experience levels to dive deep into creating brilliant characters, with a mixture of discussion, text work and practical exercises.

Date: 14 August 2018

Location: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, London, SE16 4DG

Cost: £28

Book here. 

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK

COMMON GROUND event at the Tron Theatre, Glasgow

COMMON GROUND is an inclusive, supportive discussion exclusively aimed at artists who self-identify as working-class. This event will offer a platform for working-class artists based in Glasgow and the surrounding areas to discuss the barriers to career progression they face in UK theatre, and offer their suggestions of opportunities which could be created to help artists overcome these barriers.

Participants will take part in a supportive discussion contributing to the dialogue between the Tron Theatre and COMMON about how to effectively support working-class artists in this region.

“COMMON is an arts organisation which exists to support the UK theatre industry in achieving greater socio-economic diversity, and help artists from working-class backgrounds build sustainable careers in theatre. We are an inaugural Associate Company of English Touring Theatre, collaborating with them to outreach our work across the UK and support the nationwide development of working-class artists. We are also proud to receive support from esteemed, working-class Patrons including Olivier award-winning playwright James Graham.”

Date: 6 September 2018

How to book: find out more and book here. 

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

www.commontheatre.co.uk

LPB at London Writers’ Week – Social meetup for writers

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about London Playwrights’ Blog and Workshop.

This is a great chance to network (in a relaxed and non-awkward way!), chat writerly woes and share ideas with people who are in the same boat!

The meetup takes place directly after our Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea workshop, so why not come along to that too and make an afternoon of it?

Who’s it for: everyone welcome

Date: 21 July 2018 Time: 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Location: Diorama Arts Centre, Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond St, Kings Cross, London NW1 3FE, UK

Cost: Free

How to book: tickets are free but please book your place here.

 Check out our other London Writers’ Week events here. 

LPB at London Writers’ Week – From Stage to Screen with Freddie Machin

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. All levels welcome.

Freddie Machin is a playwright and screenwriter. Based on his play of the same title, Freddie wrote the feature film Chicken, which got its UK cinema release in May 2016. Mark Kermode included it in his best films of that year for the Guardian newspaper, and it received its network premiere on FilmFour. 

Freddie’s other plays include: The Real Estate, Candy Cansino Checks In (Italia Conti), Nailhouse (Old Red Lion), Winston on the Run (Edinburgh Fringe & UK Tour), The Revenge of Martha G. (Chichester Festival Theatre), Don’t Waste Your Bullets on the Dead (Vault Festival), Chicken (Southwark Playhouse). 

Freddie is a member of the Orange Tree Theatre Writers Collective 2018, and teaches writing for both stage and screen at City Academy. www.freddiemachin.com www.chickenthefilm.com @Freddie_Machin 

Who’s it for? All levels are welcome.

Date: 19 July 2018  Time: 3pm- 5.30pm

Location: Diorama Arts Centre, Regent’s Place, 201 Drummond St, Kings Cross, London NW1 3FE, UK

Cost: £10 (festival passes also available)

How to book: here

 Check out our other London Writers’ Week events here. 

LPB at London Writers’ Week: Workshops & Events

We’re excited to announce that for the third year running, London Playwrights’ Blog is a partner at London Writers’ Week. As always, this means we’ll be bringing you some exciting events as part of the week!

You can check out the full programme of London Writers’ Week events here, but here are the details of the events LPB will be running:

From Stage to Screen

19 July 2018: 3pm – 5.30pm – £10

Led by playwright and screenwriter Freddie Machin, From Stage to Screen is a practical workshop which will explore the challenges presented in writing for these two different media. Drawing on the experience of adapting his debut stage play for screen, Freddie will lead participants through a series of exercises that will engage the visual imagination, highlight good structure, and encourage brevity in your writing. All levels welcome. Read the full details and book here.

Creative Inspiration: Building an Idea

21 July 2018: 3pm – 4.30pm – £5
 
In this upbeat and dynamic session with LPB’s Kimberley Andrews, you’ll explore different ways to find inspiration and generate ideas for scripts through practical exercises. You’ll then work on turning one of your ideas into a film premise, which you’ll get the chance to pitch within a small group for feedback. Read the full details and book here.

Social Meetup for Writers with London Playwright’s Blog

21 July 2018: 4.30pm- 6.30pm – Free

Come along to this friendly, informal meetup where you can get to know other writers and find out a bit more about LPB! Find out more and book here.

London Writers’ Week 2018 announces its’ programme

London Writers’ Week is back for 2018 and we’re proud to announce that London Playwrights’ Blog is on board again as a partner!

London Writers’ Week, the annual week providing access to and showcasing the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK and the new writing version of London Fashion Week, has announced its programme for 2018.

Having successfully raised money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017, supported by the Tabernacle Theatre and Bush Theatre, London Writers’ Week 2018 is dedicated to supporting organizations promoting diversity in the arts.

The week takes place from 18 July 2018 – 21 July 2018

the week’s 2018 theme is film and will include sessions on playwriting and film, digital media and film, television and film, film and other areas such as how to get and keep an agent.

The week is also announcing new partner The London Screenwriters’ Festival, who is joining the organisation’s group of partners who support the week’s aim to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in new writing in the UK.

Highlights of this year’s London Writers’ Week include:

 

  • A session with BAFTA nominated writer and co-Chair of Film at The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Andrea Gibb on The Writers’ Guild’s new campaign “Equality Writes” and advice for women who write for or would like to write for film.
  • Advice on writing for film from the Raindance Film Festival, the UK’s largest independent film festival, which has staged the UK premieres of films including “The Blair Witch Project”, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” and “Memento”.
  • Advice on getting and keeping an agent and how having an agent works from Kat Buckle, agent at Curtis Brown, one of the UK’s leading and most innovative literary agencies.
  • Advice on writing for film from the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the world’s largest professional screenwriting event.
  • A pitching workshop with Bob Shultz, founder of the Great American Pitchfest who works with the London Screenwriters’ Festival.
  • Advice on teaching and working with young people in terms of film from Into Film, who are leading the way in terms of film and young people.
  • A writing workshop and writers networking session run by the London Playwrights Blog on playwriting and film.
  • The Diversity School Initiative and Actor Awareness on increasing diversity in the arts.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week said: “We are excited our fourth London Writers’ Week’s theme is film and that we are donating 100% of our profits to organisations promoting diversity in the arts. There has been a lot of discussion this year about diversity in the arts and we hope this year’s week will provide a useful programme of access to some of the best work and new ideas going on in terms of new writing and film in the UK, as well as raising money for an important cause.”

The organisations which will be supported by this year’s London Writers’ Week are The Diversity School Initiative, which campaigns for greater diversity in drama schools and whose board members include Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, Actor Awareness, which campaigns for working class actors and writers and who recently made “The Acting Class” documentary with Maxine Peake, Christopher Eccleston and others, the London Playwrights Blog, an invaluable resource providing access to opportunities and advice, and University Women in the Arts, which aims to improve the transition from women studying the arts to working in the arts.

For more information and to book tickets please go to the London Writers’ Week website. 

Check out the London Playwright’s Blog London Writers’ Week here!

Playwriting Course at the Garsdale Retreat

This course will cover initial idea, character, scenes and structure, dialogue.

By the end of the week you should have a range of skills, to help you forge your own approach to playwriting and be inspired to develop your theatrical voice.

It is open to beginning writers as well as those with some experience.

Dates: 25 – 30 June 2018

Cost: fee includes all day and evening tutored workshop sessions, readings, accommodation and full board (not including alcohol).

Single – En-suite room £760
Single – Shared bathroom £710
Shared Room (2 Beds) £660
Non-residential (inc. lunch and evening meal) £500

Location: The Garsdale Retreat, Clough View, Garsdale Head, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PW

How to book: here

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Playwriting Masterclasses with Out of Joint

Learn from the best: Out of Joint presents a series of masterclasses with brilliant and successful playwrights. All proceeds from these classes will support The Andrea Project, their new initiative to discover and inspire the next generation of playwrights. By booking your place, you help them keep the project entirely free so that nobody misses out for financial reasons.

Find out more and book here.

Dates: various throughout June and July 2018

Cost: £22

Deadline: not applicable 

Source: @Playwriting_UK