Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Collaborative Writing Masterclass with the Paper Tiger collective – applications open (fee)

Paper Tiger are holding a one day masterclass which aims to introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process and this workshop will unpack ways to:

  • Identify core stimuli to write from and/or respond to
  • Generate material as a group
  • Plot and structure a collective narrative
  • Playfully edit a collective script using simultaneous dramaturgy


This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds, including actors, writers and directors.  Applications are welcomed from individuals as well as pairs/ groups.

Cost: £30 per participant. (Payment must be received in advance, on confirmation of your place and cannot be refunded if you cancel on or after Friday 20th September).

To apply: Send an email with your CV or Spotlight Link and a brief paragraph (200 words) on why you want to do the masterclass. In the case of joint applications from pairs/groups, please also submit an additional brief paragraph outlining your collective practice to date. Send for the attention of Felicity to with “Collaborative Writing” in the subject line.

Date: The masterclass will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12

Deadline to apply: Friday 13 September, midday

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook page.

Soho Theatre Writers Lab inviting applications (age 16-26)

The Soho Theatre has played a unique and award-winning role in the development of new writing in Britain for more than 40 years.  If you’re 16-26 years old, the Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab gives you the chance to develop and refine your writing voice.

About the course:  The Writers’ Lab 2013-14 will run from October 2013 to June 2014.  Meeting once a month, on Monday evenings through the academic year, each Lab session gives you support, inspiration and guidance from our course leaders and members of Soho’s Artistic Team. Throughout the year guest practitioners host one-off sessions and participants are regularly invited to attend shows at discounted rates. The course also provides the perfect opportunity to meet other emerging writers to share, exchange and discuss ideas.  At the end of the academic year they encourage writers to submit a full length play to the Soho Young Writers’ Award.

What you pay:  The cost to participate is £100.  Bursaries are available to young people/families who receive Job Seeker’s Allowance or income support.

What to submit:  The application form (available on their website) requires writers to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What interests you about the Writers’ Lab course?
  •  Have you been involved in anything at Soho before or seen any shows here? If you’re new to Soho, tell us about any shows you’ve seen elsewhere which you’ve enjoyed.
  •  Why do you write/want to learn about playwriting?
  • Provide a one page sample of your writing.  (This could be in the form of a script, poetry, or short story)

How to apply:  To apply for the course simply download the application form and email your completed copy to, with the subject ‘Writers’ Lab 2013’. For more information, get in touch with Jules here or call 0207 478 0113.

Deadline: 23 August 2013 at 2pm.

Source: Soho Theatre e-newsletter

Masterclass with Chris Goode & Company, Cambridge Junction

‘The Why Axis: Depth, ground, elevation’

Chris Goode & Company will be leading a Masterclass at Cambridge Junction from 16-19 September 2013.

For independent makers of theatre and performance, it’s all too easy sometimes for our practice to get fixated on the what, when and where. We shape our methodologies around the institutions we work with, the support we attract and the audiences we – sometimes fearfully – imagine. In the context of these making patterns, it can be very hard to preserve space to think about the why of what we do: but it’s vital that we claim that space and take seriously the questions that emerge in it.

In this intensive and intimate four day workshop, CG&Co lead artist Chris Goode and associate artist Jamie Wood invite practitioners to take some time out to reflect — in conversation, and in practical response to stimulus and provocation — on the beliefs, values, connections and expectations that underlie their work. Lineage, inheritance, life-story; presence, place, affiliation; desire, aspiration, revolution. Chris and Jamie create space for honest dialogue and exploration, and tools for personal, professional and social change.

Dates:  Monday 16 – Thursday 19 September 2013, 10am to 6pm at Cambridge Junction.  (Ticket to Monkey Bars provided for the evening of Tuesday 17 September.)

Price: £80 including ticket to Monkey Bars on Tuesday 17th September.

How to apply:  Participation in this masterclass is by application. Applicants should please send a cv or equivalent, with an accompanying letter of introduction which should include brief responses to the following two prompts:

i) Can you describe one piece of work you’ve made (or perhaps part of a piece) of which you’re especially proud? And what makes you proud of it?

ii) What are the question(s) that are particularly driving your current work and/or thinking?

Links to images / online documentation etc are welcome.

Participants must be available for the full four day period.

These should be emailed to Daniel Pitt ( with the subject title of ‘CG&C Masterclass’ no later than Monday 19th August at 5pm.Participants will be informed of the selection on Tuesday 27th August. Payment will then be required from successful applicants.

Application Deadline 19 August 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Arts Council e-Newsletter

Call for aspiring playwrights to join the Chichester Young Playwrights (age 16-25)

New Writing South and Chichester Festival Theatre have teamed up for a fifth year to run Chichester Young Playwrights. After four successful years, culminating in showcases of scenes from the young people being produced and performed as part of Chichester’s Festival programme, we are now looking for young writers for the 2013/14 scheme.

16 young writers aged between 16- 25 year old will be selected to help develop their knowledge and skills as playwrights under the guidance of playwright, Josie Melia.

About the course:  The inspiration for this programme is to give young writers from the South of England the same opportunities afforded by London’s Royal Court Young Writer’s; namely, to work with a professional playwright to turn ideas and passion into drama in the context of a producing theatre. They will experience what it is to work in the industry and meet with other theatre professionals. Previous visiting artists have included an astonishing wealth of award-winning playwrights from Ronald Harwood, Chloe Moss, Lucy Prebble, Dennis Kelly to Bryony Lavery.

The scheme has a fantastic track record, with previous particpants going on to have their work performed at Southwark Playhouse, The Oval and Soho Downstairs, to name but a few.

‘It’s a great opportunity to meet other young writers and hear their pieces, as well as getting to write my own, with all the constructive help.‘ Rebecca, 18.

Course schedule and fee: The course will run on fortnightly Saturdays for ten sessions between Autumn and Winter 2013/2014 from 11am to 1pm. This is a subsidised programme and the fee is £60 for successful applicants.

What to submit:  please send in two A4 sides of creative writing on a subject of your choice. This can be in script format, or could be a short story or poem, what we want to see is creative flair; no prior experience of writing for theatre is needed.  Additionally, writers should prepare a short statement on why they would like to take part.

According to their website: “What we want to see is creative flair – no prior experience of writing is needed.”

How to Apply:  Please send your creative writing, along with a short extract as to why you would like to take part, to Debo Amon, Creative Learning Assistant, New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UT. Or email

Deadline: Monday 9 September at 5pm

A selection workshop will take place on Saturday 21 September, 2-4pm at Chichester Festival Theatre so make sure you are available.

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Free Workshop on writing plays for young people (Edinburgh)

The International Playwriting Competition run by Trinity College will be running a free workshop at The Space on Friday 9 August and Saturday 10 August at 11:45pm.

This interactive workshop focuses on useful lessons and tips for when writing plays for children and young people. It will include excerpts performed from a selection of award-winning plays from Trinity’s International Playwriting Competition. Find out more about writing and producing a winning play along with how to get published and possibly even win £1000! The International Playwriting Competition aims to encourage new writing for young performers and audiences around the world. A 2012 competition winner said ‘winning this competition has boosted my confidence and ambition to pursue a career in writing.’

You can book your space here.