Playwriting in Movement workshop with Coleen MacPherson

Playwriting in Movement workshop with Coleen MacPherson and Open Heart Surgery Theatre is a playwriting workshop for writers and actors and directors.

Fee: £90


Dates: Saturday 9 February 10:00-14:00 and Sunday 10 February 12:00-16:00

Where: Jackson’s Lane, London, 269a Archway Rd.

How to book: find out more and book here.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: direct contact

Lady Eleanor Holles School: Write the Girl – opportunities for playwrights

Lady Eleanor Holles and Hampton High Schools are pleased to offer writers with an interest in developing female-driven work for large casts:

  • A day of inspiration and discussion with established and emerging writers;
  • Opportunities to have work-in-progress performed and workshopped throughout the development process;
  • A fully-funded realisation of at least one project, and dissemination of all project concepts to professional producing partners, with a view to further commissions.

Phase 1: A day of workshops and discussions for writers and theatre makers including a keynote session with Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. This takes place on Tuesday 29 January 2019.

Phase 2: Submitted production pitches are reviewed by producers and workshopped by students, then circulated as potential commissions for professional theatres, universities and schools.P

Phase 3: At least one full commission for a fully realised production at LEH in 2019/20, with full ownership retained by the writer.

Read more about the process here.

How to apply: if you would like to attend the Phase 1 launch day, please email a brief CV and cover letter explaining your interest in the event to  Please attach this as one document of no more than two sides of A4 in total.  

All questions should be directed to this email address: please do not contact either school directly. Unfortunately, places are limited and priority will be given to those with the clearest sense of an affinity for the ethos of the project.  

Deadline: (for applications for Phase 1): none specified but the day takes place on 29 January 2019

Source: direct contact

City Lit Course: Developing your Playwriting

Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work in this playwriting course at City Lit with Dawn King. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.

Course Dates: 17 January 2019 – 28 March 2019
Time: 10:00 – 12:00 
Location: KS – Keeley Street 
Cost: £199 (concessions available)

How to book: find out more and book here.

Deadline: not applicable

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Imaginate call out for new writing applications for Accelerate development scheme

Accelerator is a 3-year Imaginate project offering mentoring, producing support and performance opportunities for artists to create new theatre and/or dance works in progress for young audiences.

Accelerator (new writing) is a new strand of Accelerator that will offer producing and artistic support for playwrights to develop writing for young audiences in partnership with the Traverse Theatre. The project will culminate with a performance of a rehearsed reading for the Accelerator artist as part of a Traverse Theatre festival of new writing in November 2019.  The selected writer(s) will receive a budget to include a rehearsed reading commission for their own writing time, rehearsal space and time with professional actors to workshop the script as it develops and to prepare for the Traverse rehearsed reading.

How to apply: Accelerator has a 2-stage application process so you can focus on your idea and not the budget and administration tasks. They are now seeking applications for Stage One, please visit the website for more information including how to apply.S

Deadline: 4 Feburary 2019

Source: @Playwriting_UK

If you would like to discuss this opportunity, contact Creative Development Director Fiona Ferguson

Pinter exhibition at the British Library

10 years on from the death of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter, this display takes you back to the beginning of his playwriting career. From his final play Celebration to the early prose pieces that influenced his dramatic writing, reproductions of his manuscripts and archival photographs offer a glimpse into Pinter’s creative process. Find out which lines, words and images inspired his plays… and see the famous Pinter pause at work.

Dates: 11 January – 17 March 2019

Location: The British Library, London, NW1 2DB

Tickets: Free

Find out more here

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Writing West Midlands: Room 204 Writer Development Programme open for applications

Room 204 is Writing West Midlands’ writer development programme. Every year they select a small number of emerging writers from the West Midlands to work with them on a programme of creative writing career development.

Room 204 has been running yearly since 2012 and to date, over 100 writers have joined the programme and seen their writing careers take off as direct result of being part of Room 204.

This is your chance to secure mentoring and career development worth over £1,000!

This year, they are also partnering with Word Factory to be able to offer ONE Word Factory Apprentice Award for a West Midlands Short Story writer.

The successful candidates will receive a year of support including:

  • 1-1 meetings, 2 times a year, with experienced Writing West Midlands staff.
  • A year’s membership to the Society of Authors
  • Access to a “writer buddying” scheme.
  • Group networking and career development sessions.
  • Occasional workshops on particular themes such as pitching, fundraising, time management or digital writing.
  • Tailored signposting and brokering via Writing West Midlands towards performance and development opportunities, potential collaborators, bursaries, courses and events that might benefit the individual writer.
  • Access to a private information-sharing and support group on Facebook.
  • A free place at the National Writers’ Conference on 22 June 2019, run by Writing West Midlands.
  • Ongoing support as a member of Room 204 beyond the 1st year.

Room 204 is a varied and relaxed scheme that gives you the chance to be part of a writing community while not demanding a lot of your time – allowing you to get on with the actual business of writing.

Who can apply: Room 204 is for emerging writers living, working or studying in the West Midlands who are looking for career development. They recruit 15 writers per year.

Room 204 is free to participants and is funded by Arts Council England as part of the work of Writing West Midlands.

How to apply: applications MUST be made online. They regret they are not able to accept emailed or posted applications

Deadline: 31 January 2019 at 12 noon

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Please take a moment to read the submission criteria further down this page before starting your online submission:

Play Submissions Helper: 25 Opportunities with January Deadlines

Play Submissions Helper have published their monthly roundup of opportunities, featuring those with deadlines in January 2019.

As usual, we’ve already picked and posted the ones we’ve found most relevant (most of these are based in the US), but you can click through to peruse the whole list of playwriting opportunities.

Deadline: various throughout January 2019

Source: Play Submissions Helper

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights

Rapid Write Response (RWR) is a short play initiative open to writers of all levels of experience. Attend a full-run show in its first week and write a 10 minute play inspired by the show. Deadline for submissions is always the following Monday at 12 noon. The 503 team will select between 6 and 8 scripts to be staged at Theatre503 two weeks later.

Upcoming Rapid Response Dates:

Writers’ Night: Wednesday 23 January 2019
RWR Submission Deadline: Monday 28 January at 12 noon

Rapid Write Response: 10 & 11 February 2019 

There Is A Field 
Writers’ Night: Wednesday 20 February 2019
RWR Submission Deadline: Monday 25 February at 12 noon

Rapid Write Response: 10 & 11 March 2019

Writers’ Night: Wednesday 20 March 2019
RWR Submission Deadline: Monday 25 March at 12 noon

Rapid Write Response: 7 & 8 April 2019

The Amber Trap
Writers’ Night: Wednesday 24 April 2019
RWR Submission Deadline: Monday 29 April at 12 noon

Rapid Write Response:  12 & 13 May 2019

Writers’ Night: Wednesday 29 May 2019
RWR Submission Deadline: Monday 4 June at 12 noon

Rapid Write Response: 16 & 17 June 2019

How to submit: RWR submissions should be submitted via their online portal which can be found here.

Deadline: various (as outlined above)

Source: Theatre503

New work wanted for Scratching the Surface

Scratching the Surface returns on the 22nd March at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre Pub. This is night of new writing will see a handful of brand new scenes and shorts brought to life in the form of one slick and memorable production.

The concept of Scratching the Surface is to provide a platform for new writing and emerging artists. We strongly believe that quality is not dependent on big budgets, and our past new writing nights have proven that professional theatre can be made with collaboration and commitment, and a lot of enjoyment.

What they are looking for:

  • 6-8 pieces by different writers (can be extracts from longer plays, monologues or short plays), no longer than 10 minutes each and including up to 4 characters/actors.
  • A team of directors to take on a scene (or two!) each.
  • A company of actors to bring these pieces to life.

This is an opportunity for everyone involved to challenge themselves and learn something new.

How to apply: visit the website for full details of how to apply.

Deadline: 31 January 2019

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group

Warwick Arts Centre seeking solo writer-performers

Calling all writers: Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre, one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, is looking for a number of local writers to perform open mic slots at SOLO Fest Monday 4 to Thursday 7 February 2019.

SOLO Fest is a four day festival that showcases three captivating theatre shows by solo performers. 

Interested writers should email a solo piece that they have written and can perform without props or staging.

The piece might be poetry, a monologue or short story and can be of any genre.

Each piece should be 5-10 minutes in length.

Who can apply: this opportunity is open to writers living anywhere in Coventry or the Midlands of any experience, who can be available on at least one night of SOLO Fest.

Attendance at every night is not required. Performers will be paid (£TBC) and given a free ticket to SOLO Fest on the night they perform.

How to enter: please email them with the piece you would like to perform and any other relevant examples of your work (10 pages maximum), letting them know which SOLO nights you are able to attend.
For more information on how to apply, visit the website.

Deadline: 21 January 2019

Source: Arts Council Jobs

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