Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – The Nickelodeon Writing Program

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 Nickelodeon Writing Program

Description: This global initiative offers the successful applicant a salaried position with Nickelodeon for six months. They will spend three months in London gaining unique, hands-on experience writing scripts and pitching story ideas for both live action and animation. They will have the opportunity to nurture valuable relationshipswith creators, network executives, writers and showrunners from all around the world, whilst also gaining first-hand insight into the industry and undertaking specialist training activities to develop their craft. And that’s not all… They will also get to spend three months in the US at the Nickelodeon studio in Los Angeles, including a full writers’ room experience and mentorship from some of the best in the business.

So, what’s so great about it? This is nothing short of an amazing opportunity for those who are serious about writing for US television. Not only will the successful applicant get to spend three months in London with Nickelodeon, learning about the industry whilst earning a salary but they’ll then get to jet off to LA for another three months of specialist training. For the right candidate this could be a life changing opportunity but it is also a seriously big commitment – so if you’re looking to start 2016 with a bang, then this could be the one! Writers do need to submit a full spec script for one of the shows listed in the advertisement so getting your application together will definitely be a challenge – but you’ve got until 28 February to pull something out of the bag.

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 in any way.

Spring Workshops from London Playwrights’ Blog

We’re very happy to announce we’ll be offering a range of new courses to support writers in Spring 2016, ranging from one-off workshops to term-long courses, and catering to writers at a variety of levels.

Do keep an eye on on our Workshops listings, as we may add new courses for later in the spring.

Please note that booking for all courses is handled on a rolling basis, so its best to apply early to ensure your spot if you’d like to take part.

Professional Development

Your Self-Producing Toolkit: A day-long introduction
Saturday 23 January 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

Could 2016 be the year your play is produced?  You could be the one to make it happen. This information-intensive (but fun!) workshop will provide a detailed introduction to producing your own work, empowering participants with the skills and confidence to get their work onstage.

Ongoing Writing Workshops

Finding Your Voice – with A.C. Smith
14 January – 10 March 2016 on Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm (8 sessions – no class 11 Feb)

Finding Your Voice is an eight-week, intermediate-level course that uses exercises to unlock the imagination and challenges writers to identify and develop their strengths.  (Writing sample required.)

Re-drafting Your Play – with Kimberley Andrews 
4 February – 10 March 2016 on Thursday evenings from 7-9pm (6 sessions)

It’s a well-known saying that “writing is rewriting”.  This workshop is designed for writers who  have completed a first draft, and are looking for support on sharpening and tightening their play before sending it out. (Works-in-progress welcome!)

One-Off Writing Workshops

These one-off workshops were developed in response to feedback we’ve had, and provide an intensive look at a particular playwriting topic.  These can provide an extra boost in addition to our core courses, but are also designed to suit writers who schedules or finances make them unable to commit to an ongoing writing programme.  We’ll be running workshops on a range of subjects throughout the spring, but the first two are listed below.

Intensive Workshop: Finding Inspiration and Developing Your Idea
Saturday 5 March 2016 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Need help developing your idea or knowing where to jump in on a new project?  This workshop covers a wide range of possibilities to identify and make the most of inspiration to get you writing with confidence.

Intensive Workshop: Creating Engaging Characters
Thursday 17 March 2016 from 7-9pm

This workshop provides an intensive look at how to create more vivid characters, developing tools to bring to life the characters actors are dying to play and audiences can’t forget.

The McConnell New Writing Fund for Playwrights – open for applications

Duelling Productions will offer three/four playwrights the opportunity to have a short play of theirs performed on the London Fringe in 2016. The event will take place at Theatro Technis and it will run on a profit share basis.

Dates:

Rehearsals 19th-23rd March

Technical Rehearsals 24th March

Performances 25th, 26th (Incl. Matinee and Eve) March

“Duelling Productions is a London based Film and Theatre production company. Founded in 2013, Duelling Productions’ mission is to support and harness emerging talent, providing the necessary platform and steps for those starting out in the industry. To date, we have produced three sell-out London Fringe productions (‘Punk Rock’, ‘The Norman Conquests’ and ‘A Single Act’) and one award winning short film (‘Beneath Water’), with our next short currently in post-production. We are now eager to produce innovative and resonant work through new voices. We are therefore delighted to announce:

‘The McConnell New Writing Fund’ in memory of the late playwright and our dear friend, Jean McConnell.

We are looking for three/four playwrights and two/three directors to kickstart this new scheme. We are seeking short plays ignited by the theme ‘POWER’ – please interpret this as you will. The short plays should range from anything between 10-20 minutes in length. The number of plays programmed will depend on the lengths of those selected. Previous writing experience is not essential.”

How to apply: Please complete the application below and email us at theatre@duellingproductions.com with your CV and first draft of your script attached.

Candidates invited for interview will be contacted the w/c 25 January. Interviews will take place at The London Coliseum on Saturday 30th January.

Website: www.duellingproductions.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/duellingproductions

Twitter: @Duelling_

Deadline: 17 January 2016

Source: Hiive

Twitter: @Duelling_

 

Generation Arts seeking monologues for ‘Voice of the Voiceless’

“As part of our commitment to supporting the charity Unseen UK throughout the run of IN/OUT (A FEELING) at The Hope Theatre from January 12th to the 30th we are welcoming submissions of ten to fifteen minute monologues inspired by the brief ‘Voice of the Voiceless’.”

Two of these pieces will be selected and published as part of a not for profit book to be sold during the run of the play which will include the play text and also information on the work that Unseen UK do. Money raised through sale of the book will go back into the publishing costs and will benefit Unseen UK who will receive a portion of each sale in order to benefit their work.

The selected pieces will also receive a public reading as part of a post-show gala evening to benefit Unseen UK and their mission to rid the world of human slavery and assist those in the UK who are in need of support. They welcome and encourage all writers from around the world to submit their stories to us and hope that you may join them in some small way to make a difference using the arts.

“Slavery sadly exists in so many different forms and we welcome writers to explore this in their work. We are looking forward to reading peoples responses”.

How to apply: applications must be made through Hiive, you’ll be required to set up a profile and submit your work via the website.

Deadline: 2 January 2016

Source: Hiive

Re-drafting Your Play – with Kimberley Andrews

So, you’ve finally got there: you’ve completed the first draft of your play. Yes! But now where do you go with it?

Before you can submit your play to theatres or think about producing it yourself, you’ll need to re-work it, improve it and polish it to perfection, but in an industry where it’s hard enough to get feedback on a final draft, where do you find the fresh perspective to take your draft to the next level?

In this six week course with playwright & LPB Co-Founder Kimberley Andrews, you’ll discover different approaches to re-drafting. Through practical exercises and sharing your work with the group, you’ll gain insightful feedback, tighten up your structure and sharpen your dialogue. You’ll finish the course with the inspiration, motivation and knowledge you need to go away and write an accomplished second draft.

Requirements: this course is suitable for new writers and beginners but you do need to have written a complete first draft of a play to bring in and work on during the sessions. (However, by ‘complete’, we just mean that you got to the end of the play, please don’t be put off if your play is still very much work-in-progress.)

How to apply: Please fill our brief application form (which can be downloaded below) and send it to workshops@londonplaywrightsblog.com.  Please note, spaces will be filled on a first come first serve basis so early application is advised.

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Location: RADA Studios – 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

Dates: Thursday evenings from 7-9pm for 6 sessions from 4 February to 10 March 2016.

Course outline: 

  • Week 1: How to approach re-drafting
  • Week 2:  Characters and how they function
  • Week 3: Telling the best version of your story – tightening up structure.
  • Week 4: Tackling difficult scenes
  • Week 5: Sharpening your dialogue
  • Week 6: Trouble shooting and group feedback session

Cost: £120 (payable by BACS following acceptance on the course)

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.

WORKSHOP – Your Self-Producing Toolkit: A day-long introduction

Does the idea of self-producing your play leave you feeling confused?  Inexperienced?  Even terrified?  Don’t worry – it’s not as hard as it seems!

This day-long workshop will give participants the confidence, practical skills, and troubleshooting insight to successfully produce their own work.

Why should I self-produce?

While a few lucky writers are fortunate enough to find theatres eager to produce their work at the beginning of their careers, the vast majority need to find other ways to get their work onstage: to build their careers and gain the valuable experience of seeing their writing performed.

In our experience, writers tend to be a bit more intimidated by self-producing than directors or other creatives, but this need not be so!  Self-producing takes hard work, but it’s incredibly empowering to realise that you don’t need to win a major award or get a big commission to see your work onstage – you have the skills to make this happen right now.

About the workshop

The workshop covers the core information you need to know to get your play on in a theatre, including:

  • Approaching venues (which theatres to approach, how to write query emails, pitching your project, and negotiating your contract)
  • Budgeting and fundraising (how to generate and manage a budget, crowdfunding, grants, and sponsorships)
  • Building your creative team, including casting (how to create a casting call and structure auditions/interviews, where to advertise and find the right people, navigating the rehearsal process, and tips for managing your relationships with other creatives)
  • Publicity and industry outreach (developing a marketing plan, designing flyers and other marketing materials, social media advertising, and inviting agents, theatres, and reviewers)
  • Time management and the key stages of self-producing (a step-by-step walkthrough of your key milestones, setting priorities, and troubleshooting common problems for new producers)

Through a combination of interactive exercises, sharing information and case studies, the workshop will connect playmakers to the resources that will enable them to see their project through to conclusion.  The workshop is focused on playwrights, but is open to any theatremakers who are interested in producing their own work.

All participants will be given detailed handouts they can use for reference after the course.  Although the day will be information-intensive, the approach will be friendly and encouraging, and will be equally welcoming to people from all backgrounds, with plenty of time devoted to answering questions.

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is targeted at people taking their first steps into self-producing, or who have self-produced their work in a limited way but are looking to expand their knowledge in this area, or want more confidence in pitching their work.  Whether you have a specific project already in mind, or are just starting to brainstorm the possibilities, this workshop will leave you better equipped to bring your work to life onstage.

When and where

When:  Saturday 23 January 2016 from 10.30am – 5pm

Where: Theatre Delicatessen  – 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3DA (nearest tube: Farringdon)

Cost:  £90 for the full day workshop (lunch not included)

How to book

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

About the Workshop Leaders

The workshop is led by the co-founders of London Playwrights’ Blog, Kimberley Andrews and A.C. Smith, both of whom have personal experience successfully producing their own creative projects, in addition to their other work as playwrights.

Kimberley Andrews has written an ongoing introductory series on how to produce your own work, focusing on fringe venues in London; she has co-produced several of her own projects at venues including the Hen & Chickens and Rich Mix Studios.  As a writer, she has worked with BBC Drama Writers’ Academy and as a Playwriting Tutor at RADA, among other projects.

A.C. Smith has self-produced work at venues including Theatre503, RADA, Rose Theatre Bankside, The Pheasantry, and as part of Barlow & Smith also crowdfunded and self-produced an album of original songs. As a writer, she has won awards from the RSC and Soho Theatre, and previously worked at RADA as Head of Academic Studies.

Intensive Workshop: Creating Engaging Characters

How do you create the right characters for your play? How important is your protagonist? And what are the vital ‘ingredients’ your characters need in order to tell your story in the best possible way?

This workshop focuses on on creating fully formed characters for your play. In this two-hour intensive, you’ll dig deeper in to backstory, character journeys and objectives developing new tools to shape how the characters function within your play. You will also investigate the role of the protagonist and how to use them as a vehicle for driving your story forward.

Who is this for? This workshop is suitable for beginners. You can either use to the workshop to write characters for an existing idea or create characters to use as a starting point.

Requirements: No experience is necessary but you will need to bring in a short preparatory exercise which will be specified once you have booked your place.

How to book: Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

Cost: £27

Date and time: Thursday 17 March 2016 from 7-9pm

Location: RADA Studios – 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.

 

Intensive Workshop: Finding Inspiration and Developing Your Idea

Where do you find the inspiration to write? And once you’ve come up with an idea, how do you develop it to form an outline for a play?

In this two-hour intensive workshop  you will explore different ways to generate ideas for plays: from using current events to drawing upon personal experience to writing from a theme.

Through practical exercises and a supportive experience of pitching your ideas to the group, you will gain the confidence and inspiration to pin down your idea and develop it in to a solid outline for a play.

Who is this for? This workshop is targeted at beginning writers, but more experienced emerging writers who need a bit of inspiration are welcome too!

Requirements: No experience is necessary but you will need to bring in a short preparatory exercise which will be specified once you have booked your place.

How to book: Please click the link below to book your place:

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Places are reserved on a  strictly first come first serve basis, so early booking is advised.

Cost: £27

Date and time: Saturday 5 March 2016 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: RADA Studios – 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX

Kimberley Andrews is a playwright with an MA in Text & Performance Studies from RADA/ Kings College London. Her writing credits include commissions from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Wolverhampton University. She has also developed work with the Manchester Royal Exchange and All the Rage Theatre. Kimberley has written and produced her own work at the Hen & Chickens Theatre in Islington as part of comedy collective, Wet Lettuce. She was shortlisted for the BBC Drama Writers’ Academy in 2012 and was then selected by BBC to participate in a training academy for day-time soap Doctors, resulting in writing a trial script for the show. Kimberley has worked as a playwriting tutor at RADA and currently works as a freelance script consultant.

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 25 December 2015 (Merry Christmas!)

Our weekly Friday round-up of opportunities listed on the blog that haven’t yet reached their closing date (listed in order of closing date).  Opportunities are grouped into four sections: 1) Pick of the Week; 2) Opportunities with Deadlines; 3) Workshops and Events; 4) Ongoing opportunities (no deadline).

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Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week:

This week in our advice column: ‘I have no idea how to structure a play’

Featured Post:  15 Christmas and holiday gift ideas for writers: the best presents for UK playwrights

Coming up with London Playwrights Workshop: 
LPB WRITING WORKSHOPS: Finding Your Voice – with A.C. Smith

Opportunities with deadlines:

Play Submissions Helper – 50 Playwriting Competitions with December Deadlines – Deadline: Various

‘Leytonstone Itch’ seeking writers for scratch night – Deadline: 28 December 2015

Hampstead Theatre submissions window now open for plays – Deadline: 31 December 2015

Applications open for “RE:act – The Pianist of Willesden Lane” at St James Theatre – Deadline: 4 January 2016

Jameson First Shot Short Film Competition starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (for Writer/Directors) – Deadline: 4 January 2016

BBC Birmingham and The REP – Birmingham Writer in Residence – Deadline: 4 January 2016

Outdoor Performance Commission from Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich+Docklands, Watford Palace & Latitude (£6,000) – Deadline: 4 January 2016

Director seeking short plays on anti-fascist themes to direct for screen – Deadline: 5 January 2016

The Roundhouse Online Film Fund Open for Submissions (18-25 year olds) – Deadline: 6 January 2016

Yale Institute for Musical Theatre open to applications (for graduates from 2010 or later) – Deadline: 8 January 2016

King’s Theatre seeking scripts for annual 10-Minute Play Festival (Canada, $10 entry fee, prizes available) – Deadline: 8 January 2016

The 2016 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers – Deadline: 11 January 2016

Plymouth Fringe Festival 2016 open for applications – Deadline: 15 January 2015

Red Womens’ Theatre Awards Accepting Submissions of One-act Plays on Theme of Resistance – Deadline: 17 January 2015

CCBC Anim8 – Animation Pilot Scheme Open for Submissions – Deadline: 22 January 2016

Red Planet Prize 2016 – Launched! – Deadline: 22 January 2016 (Submissions open on 4 January 2016) –

 Brockley Jack accepting submissions for Write Now 7 – Deadline: 29 January 2016

Drip Action Theatre Company seeking submissions for 2016 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail (paid) – Deadline: 31 January 2016

‘Writing Places’ Writer in Residence at Greenway – Deadline: 31 January 2016

Book Music & Lyrics accepting applications for First Year Workshops for Librettists and Lyricists – Deadline: 31 January 2016

Talawa currently open to script submissions from Black writers – Deadline: 31 January 2016

“Scratch it!” with Tigz Theatre seeking 20 minute scratch performances on LGBT Themes – Deadline: 31 January 2016

James Tait Black Prize for Drama 2016 open to submissions from theatres and agents (£10,000 prize) – Deadline: 12 February 2016

First Break Writing Competition at the Oldham Coliseum – Deadline: 22 February 2016

Octagon Prize for Dramatic Monologues – Deadline: 26 February 2016

Nickelodeon Writing Program – Open for Submissions – Deadline: 28 February 2016

Theatre503 Playwriting Award returning in 2016 –  Deadline: 29 February 2016

New Competition Launched with Drama Centre London, Bush Theatre, Oberon Books and Partners – Deadline: 1 March 2016 (entries open 15 February 2016)

Sky or the Bird seeking writers for The Adults Adventure Playground (Calais Benefit) – Deadline: 2 March 2016

Windsor Fringe – Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing 2016 – Deadline: 5 March 2016

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships – Theatre & Comedy (18-30 year olds) – Deadline: 10 March 2016

Blue Skies Workshops for writers from Sky or the Bird – Deadline: 31 March 2016

2016 Papatango Prize Opens – with extra £6000 award! – Deadline: 31 March 2016

Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2016 open for entries – 30 May 2016

Events and workshops: 

 

Free Online Screenwriting Course with University of East Anglia, Creative Skillset and Future Learn – Starts on 29 February 2016

Ongoing submissions:

White Hart Trust Studios seeking international and foreign language theatre – Deadline: none posted

Pokfulam Rd Productions looking for playwrights and creatives – Deadline: none posted

55 Kings Contemporary Theatre Productions looking for writers – Deadline: none posted

Plane Paper Theatre call out for plays – Deadline: none posted

Theatrelab seeking scripts to perform at ‘WordPlay’ at Bath Spa University – Deadline: none posted

Londonville Lit offering reading slots – Deadline: none posted

Madam Renards Mini Fringe Festival Swindon open for applications from writers and performers – Deadline: none posted (festival takes place in 2016)

East End Literary Salon open to rolling submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Orange Tea Theatre accepting submissions – Deadline: Rolling

Funding available for students at Glasgow University MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy – Deadline: None posted

Everything Theatre accepting plays for podcast readings – Deadline: None posted

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – No deadline posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Shred Productions open to submissions – Deadline: None (open submissions)

Poppy Seed – accepting submissions of 5 minute scripts for blog – Deadline: None posted

COG ARTSpace call out for playwrights! – Deadline: None posted

Sky or the Bird seeking writers for The Adults Adventure Playground (Calais Benefit)

Opportunities: Our Pick of the Week – Theatre503 Award 2016 & Theatre503 Five

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:  Theatre503 Award 2016 & Theatre503 Five

Description: Theatre503’s Playwriting Award is an unprecedented opportunity for playwrights at all levels to be recognised for writing an outstanding, original piece of work for the stage. It will build upon the foundation of the venue’s reputation for engaging with the next generation of playwrights, whilst broadening its opportunities to include more experienced, produced writers. This biennial award has been made possible by the generous support of The Richard Carne Trust, Curtis Brown Creative, Arts Council England and our publishing partners Nick Hern Books. The winner of the award will receive a financial prize of £6000 and a guaranteed production of their winning play at Theatre503.

The 503Five is an eighteen month Resident Writer Training Programme for developing playwrights. It provides the five chosen writers with a full-length play commission, a personal industry mentor, workshops and masterclasses led by industry professionals, practical opportunities to develop their work, varying public presentations, and the vital experience of working in a writer-centric new writing theatre.

To be considered for the 503Five you should have no full-length professional production credits.This is defined as a run of 3 weeks or more in an established venue for which you have received coverage from the national press.

So, what’s so great about it? If you’re thinking about where you might want to go with your writing in 2016, this one could be for you. This prestigious award is definitely one of the forerunners in new writing competitions and the winner gets £6000 no less, as well as a guaranteed production at esteemed new writing venue, Theatre503. We like that this submission process is a double whammy, if eligible, applicants will also be considered for Theatre503 Five, an 18 month development programme which also results in a full length production.

Submissions open on 1 February 2016 and close on 29 February – but we reckon this is the sort of application you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to work on, especially as you need a full length play to apply.

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 in any way.