New workshop with Simon Stephens in Milan

“We need stories again. In a time of poverty, we need our storytellers do their work properly. It is only through lightness, fun and anarchy that we can investigate the darkest areas of human existence. So we investigate horror with lightness and play. “
Simon Stephens

After the success of last year’s workshop, Simon Stephens will be back at The Art Land (Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan) for another two-day workshop.

The great British playwright (one of the most prominent 20 years!) Will will share  his personal and fascinating perspective on playwriting with exercises and food for thoughtful discussions, and focusing on stories and the need for irony, surprise and honesty. 

It is a unique opportunity, for beginners and experienced writers alike, to study with a brilliant and engaging master really passionate about his job.

Place are limited to 15 and the workshop will be held in English

How to apply for a place: please send an email with your artistic CV and a link to a self-presentation video in English. Please write “Simon Stephens Workshop 2019” as a subject line and send your application to 

The participation fee for the workshop is 200 Euros. Find out more here. 

Workshop date: 22-23 June 2019

Deadline: 30 March 2019 

Source: direct contact

The Bruntwood Prize: Free livestreamed workshops for 2019

Ahead of this year’s competition, the Bruntwood Prize will be offering 6 exciting brand-new livestreamed workshops for 2019.  Led by internationally recognised playwrights these six session are completely free to access and will augment a growing archive of workshops created for the Bruntwood Prize. All of which can be accessed on their Write a Play website. This year’s sessions include…

Tuesday 19 February: David Eldridge – Telling story as dramatic action: making backstory active and other tips, notes and thoughts.

Thursday 7 March: Jo Clifford– on epic narratives and political (with a small “p”) metaphors and being political in your work.

Monday 25 March: Patricia Cornelius- Lovely, lovely, sometimes ugly dialogue with Playwriting Australia 

Thursday 18 April: Winsome Pinnock on the relationship between the epic and the intimate in writing for the stage.

Wednesday 22 May: Tanika Gupta on how you might explore your work to ensure that the story you want to tell is clear, dramatic and theatrical.

How to take part in the workshops: simply visit the site on the date listed! Workshops will be livestreamed from 6pm-8pm, then archived on the Bruntwood Prize Youtube and linked to their website. You can also see their archive of past livestream workshops in 2015 and 2017 here.

Deadline: (for the competition – 5 June 2019) but you can access the workshops from the dates listed above.

Source: Write a Play

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting: Online Toolkit for writers

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open to anyone who has a story to tell through the live medium of theatre.  They want to support anyone and everyone to try to complete a play before the deadline on 5th June, whatever your writing experience.

With this in mind, they have launched an online toolkit which will help you to get your play down on paper. 

How it works: they have commissioned 9 of the country’s most exciting playwrights, many of whom have either been shortlisted or won a Bruntwood Prize to share their experiences with you.

Every  week, they will post a new session to take you through the steps of writing a play.  From blank page to completed script and support for re-drafting, each session will have some exercises, questions to ask yourself about your work and examples from each playwright.

They have asked the playwrights to use examples from their own work to try and help you understand the process they have been through and how they have used some of the exercises and suggestions they are sharing to support their own work.

Read the full details of the initiative here

How to access the resources: you can find everything on the Bruntwood’s Write a Play website. We’ll also be posting links to each weekly session in this post, just to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these valuable resources in the run up to the competition.

Bruntwood Prize Toolkit (links to weekly sessions)

Week 1 – Getting started with Dramaturg Suzanne Bell

Check out the full range of forthcoming resources here. 

Deadline:  (for the competition) 5 June 2019 (resources available now) 

Source: direct contact

Opportunities Weekly Round-up: 1 February 2019

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Featured posts:

LPW: New members’ content for 2019!

LPW: We’re looking for an Editor!

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!

Guest Post: Induced Structural Collapse – Writing a Text From Inside the Skin of its Forebear

Our latest opportunities Pick of the Week: KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries

Pursued by a Bear: “I never finish anything, how do I keep my focus?”

Opportunities with deadlines:

The Bush Theatre script submission window now open– Deadline: 1 February 2019

Toi Toi, Teatru Manoel (Malta) seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘Breaking the Rules ‘ – Deadline: 1 February 2019

Sharp Scratches seeking shorts which tackle theme of mental health – Deadline: 2 February 2019

Artfulscribe seeking facilitator for creative writing workshops (Poole) – Deadline: 3 February 2019

Imaginate call out for new writing applications for Accelerate development scheme – Deadline: 4 February 2019

Graeae seeking Literary Administrator – Deadline: 4 February 2019

The Hidden Theatre Takeover at the Nell of Old Drury – Deadline: event takes place on 6 February 2019

Northern Writers’ Awards 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 7 February 2019

The Old Sorting Office Barnes seeking new work for Dispatches scratch night– Deadline: 10 February 2019

The Lyric Theatre Belfast accepting submissions for New Playwrights’ Programme – Deadline: 11 February 2019

The Kings Head accepting submissions for Playmill festival – Deadline: 15 February 2019

Papatango New Writing Prize 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 17 February 2019

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers open for applications – Deadline: not specified but the event takes place on 23-24 February 2019

Green Curtain Theatre seeking one act plays on the theme of ‘breaking away‘ – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Capital Stage accepting submissions for Playwrights’ Revolution Festival – Deadline: 28 February 2019

Submissions for Horatio Productions’ Science Fiction Festival 2019 are open – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Comedy Crowd: accepting submissions for Punkanary – Deadline: 28 February 2019

The Millennials: #BattleOfPerspectives accepting submissions – Deadline: 1 March 2019

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing open for entries – Deadline: 5 March 2019

Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night – Deadline: 6 March 2019

KDC Full Stack Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 10 March 2019

The ETPEP Playwriting Prize open for entries (£8000 prize) – Deadline: 11 March 2019 

Aberdeen Performing Arts accepting submissions for Spring Awakening scratch night – Deadline: 11 March 2109

University Women In The Arts Announces Partnerships With Leading Arts Organisations On Project To Tackle Abuse In The Arts– Deadline: 15 March 2019

Langham Court Theatre announces Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition ($45 entry) – Deadline: 29 March 2019

Shore Scripts announce 2019 Short Film Fund ($40/$50 entry fee – Deadline: 31 March 2019 (late deadline: 2 May 2019)

Alpine Fellowship 2019 Drama Prize (£3000) open for entries – Deadline: 1 April 2019

Mad Apple Collective launch Children and Young Persons Playwriting Award – Deadline: 7 April 2019

Black Lives, Black Words accepting submissions for I AM…’Fest’ – Deadline: none posted but the event takes place on 27-29 April 2019

Carlo Annoni Award 2019 open for entries – Deadline: 30 April 2019

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019 is now open for entries – 5 June 2019

Green Stories Stage Play Writing Competition open for entries – Deadline: 30 June 2019

Events and workshops:

The Director’s Cut hosting The Writer’s Club –  Next term starts January 2019

Pitlochry Festival Theatre launch Writers room – Dates: various throughout 2019

Writing your own role: workshop with Lydia Parker at the Actors’ Centre – Dates: find out more on the website

The Old Vic – Workshops for Artists – Dates: various throughout January 2019

Pinter exhibition at the British Library– Dates: starts 11 January 2019

Theatre503 Rapid Response Nights – Dates: various, starting 23 January 2019

Writing Scripted Comedy with Chris Neilan – a one day workshop (Manchester) – Date: 28 January 2019

Papercut Theatre: Redrafting and Structure workshop with Melissa Dunne – Date: 2 February 2019

Clean Break: An Introduction to writing for theatre in criminal justice settings – Date: 8 February 2019

Playwriting in Movement workshop with Coleen MacPherson – Dates: 9 & 10 February 2019

Flux Theatre: Actor Writers Gym open for bookings – Date: 19 February 2019

The Writers’ Toolkit, with Cordelia Lynn & Lucy Kirkwood – Date: 22 February 2019

Paper Creatures workshop with Simon Stephens – Dates: 25 February 2019

Writing West Midlands: Short course in playwriting – Dates: Starts 26 February 2019

LPW: FREE #WrAP2019 feedback session & member meetup!Date: 2 March 2019

Sitcom and Comedy Writing Workshop by Bennett Arron – Date: 12 March 2019

Writing for Television: Residential workshop with Roy Mitchell – Dates: 20-24 May 2018

CAMP residential: Playwriting with John Burgess – Dates: 7th –  12th August 2019 (level 1)
14th – 19th August 2019 (level 2

Online workshops and resources: 

Papatango career facilitation service – 10am -12pm alternate Tuesdays (starting 31 January 2019)

Paines Plough Insights Podcast

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

Access the Royal Court’s Playwrights’ Podcast

Bloomsbury Publishing: How to get your play published (view live stream of talk)

WGGB launches FREE Musical Theatre Kit

An Introduction to Screenwriting: free online course with FutureLearn & Uni. of East Anglia

LPB Summer Sessions: Overcoming writers’ block (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: How to write a monologue (online workshop)

LPB Summer Sessions: Promoting yourself as a writer (online workshops)

LPB: The Redrafting Toolkit

LPB Members: Online Course – Writing in Dialect: How to Listen, What to Write –  Available now

Ongoing submissions:

Emil Dale seeking musical theatre composer/ lyricist/ scriptwriter -Deadline: none posted

Katzpace accepting submissions for Katzcratch – Deadline: none posted

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback – Deadline: rolling

Manhattan Rep’s Play Program seeking plays for production (fees apply) – Deadline: none posted

The Cabot Cruising Club, Bristol looking to programme arts events – Deadline: none posted

Exploding Whale Theatre seeking submissions for their next show – Deadline: none posted

Thunder Theatre seeking submissions for 15-20 minute plays – Deadline: none posted

Mate Productions accepting applications for Writers Collective – Deadline: None posted

Manchester ADP seeking scripts to produce – Deadline: Rolling

Sparks – HighTide’s new script submission process – Deadline: Weekly, follow them on Twitter for updates

Attic Theatre seeking musicals for 2019 tour – Deadline: None posted

React Scratch inviting writers to share work at monthly scratch night – Deadline: Rolling

Drama Notebook seeking short plays for kids and teens (paid) – Deadline: None posted

Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s Play Production Programme – Deadline: Ongoing

Aurora Metro Books seeks British East Asian plays for publication – Deadline: Ongoing

Middle Child Theatre seeking scripts to commission – Deadline: None posted

Newsthump looking for spoof news writers – Deadline: ongoing

Arvon Grants available for writing courses – Deadline: none posted/ various

Paines Plough accepting ongoing submissions – Deadline: rolling

BBC Comedy Classroom – Comedy writing resources for young people –  Deadline: various

Online Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin on Screenwriting ($90) – Deadline: none posted

JW3 seeking submissions of pieces about Jewish culture – Deadline: rolling

BFI Postroom open to submissions of films and scripts from emerging filmmakers – Deadline: rolling

Opportunities to hear your play with Player Playwrights – Deadline: rolling

Playwrights Circle at the Bread & Roses – Deadline: ongoing (monthly event)

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

The Cockpit Theatre seeking work for scratch nights – Deadline: none  posted but performances take place on the first Monday of the month.

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers open for applications

Tiny LGBTQ+ Shows is a development weekend for LGBTQ+ Theatre Makers where 50 people will come together to create an afternoon of tiny shows to fill Omnibus Theatre with LGBTQ+ talent as part of 96 Festival.

How it works: On Saturday morning 50 theatre makers will unite and begin to create shows with dramaturgical and production support from both The Larder and Omnibus Theatre. Facilitated by Jenifer Toksvig using Open Space facilitation, the group can include actors, musicians, stage Managers, directors, writers, improvisers, knitters or any other kind of maker.

Professional development schemes are often expensive and inaccessible but Tiny Shows is a “Pay What You Decide” initiative uniting LGBTQ+ theatre makers as a community in order to support our work across London and beyond.

After participating in the initiative you are welcomed to the LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows community, a support groups of makers invested in LGBTQ+ theatre.

Previous weekends have created a sock puppet musical about bisexuality and the LGBTQ+ superhero project most recently seen at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Cost: Tiny Shows is run on a Pay What You Decide basis in order to cover the costs of opening the venue, if you would like to support the initiative please go to their Go Fund Me page You can buy tickets to the performance here.

How to apply: fill in this form. Please send any enquiries / access concerns to:

Deadline: not specified but before the event on 23-24 February 2019

Source: direct contact


Plays Rough London accepting submissions for new writing night ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.

Submit a play for Plays Rough London’s twelfth new-writing night – ‘Theatre Without Sight or Sound’.
They are staging six 5-15 minute plays: three for a blindfolded audience and three without any sound.
“We want you to use this brief to break the boundaries of theatre. In order to be creative we have to experiment. We are a space where you can take risks and fail, so that when you succeed it is spectacular not safe.”
The chosen plays will be performed on the 14th and 15th of April at The Old Red Lion Theatre.
Participants will receive feedback, as well as photos and a video of their play.
Plays Rough London have premiered 55 short plays.  Some of which have gone onto full-length shows across the globe at the Edinburgh, Camden, Prague, Adelaide and Sidney Fringes as well as London venues such as The Space (Isle of Dogs) and the Vaults, and regional theatres like The York Theatre Royal.
How to apply: follow for more information: @playsroughldn
Please submit your script to
Deadline: 6 March 2019
Source: direct contact

Scriptjam accepting scripts for feedback

“ScriptJam: You write it we’ll read it. We read the first 10 pages of anything!” 
ScriptJam is a safe space for workshopping in-progress scripts. If it’s your first draft or your 547th, they will read it and provide constructive feedback. All are welcome, from first time writers to seasoned pros. Give your script an audience at ScriptJam.
How to apply: find out more by visiting the meetup event group
or visit the Facebook page:
Deadline : rolling
Source: direct contact

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


The Kings Head accepting submissions for Playmill festival

Playmill is the King’s Head Theatre’s festival of brand new work. For two weeks every July, they open their doors to the UK’s most exciting, bold and ambitious emerging companies.

Whether you’re looking for a venue to host your London previews before heading off to the Edinburgh Fringe or just want to premiere a piece at one of London’s top Off-West End venues,  they want to hear from you. What’s more, they’re after drama, comedy, musical theatre, spoken word and everything in between!

How to apply: In 2019, Playmill will run from Monday 8 to Saturday 20 July. To submit your show for consideration, please visit the website.

Deadline: 15 February at 6pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK


Please note that we are only accepting shows with a maximum running time of sixty minutes. 

If you have any questions about the festival or problems applying, then please email our Programme Manager, Oscar French on

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