Category Archives: Writing Workshops

Dialogue/ Use of metaphor taught workshops (£30 fee)


Chalk the Sun is running on-going monthly workshops with flexible attendance (£30 for a one-off, £125 for 5, £225 for 10) for scriptwriters focusing on techniques and development of radio, stage, TV and screen plays including series and episode writing with feedback from the Chalk tutor team of professional writers, producers, editors and directors.

The next workshop will take place on 8th February and will focus on dialogue and use of metaphor to create structure and dialogue with  director/playwright Danusia Iwaszko and writer Ardella Jones .

Where: Balham Bowls Club Bar, 7 – 9 Ramsden Rd London SW12 8QX, convenient for northern line tube and rail links to Victoria and Clapham Junction.

How to book: Full information, including tutors’ profiles, student work and testimonials,, downloadable reading list, venue details, booking and payment options, is available at

Source: Arts Jobs website.

Applications open for Spring writing groups at the Royal Court

In Spring 2014, The Royal Court Theatre will be running two Introduction to Playwriting groups, both of them intended to help playwrights at an early stage of their career to develop their skills.

The groups are small in number and are a friendly and supportive environment in which playwrights can engage with their peers, develop their craft, and benefit from the tutelage of Leo Butler, the playwright tutor. At the end of the group, writers will submit a full length play and receive detailed feedback on it.

One group is for writers aged 18 to 25 and the other is for writers aged 26 and over. The groups will be run on Mondays (18-25) and Tuesdays (26+) for twelve weeks from 17th/18th February.

How to apply:  Applications for this group are now open. To apply for the Introduction to Playwriting course, you will need to complete the application form available on their website and also send ten pages of writing for the stage: this can either be ten pages of an existing play of any length, or ten pages of work you have written specially.  Submissions should be sent to

Please attach to one email both your writing sample and the completed application form, (taking care to include your own name in each file name): they will discard any incomplete submissions without reading them.  If there is anything else you think we should know about you and your writing, you can include it in the body of your email.

Course dates:  The closing date for submissions is Friday 9th January 2014 at 6pm. The courses will begin on the 17th and 18th February and run until May 2014 one evening a week. If you are accepted onto the group, we will aim to let you know by Friday 7th February at the latest. If you have not heard from us by the 12th of February, unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

Some important points to note:
• Your extract can be of any genre and feature any number of characters, but must be intended for the stage and not for film, television or radio. It should not be an adaptation of a story from another medium
• Do not include any other materials (photographs, CVs etc)
• You can send us an application if you’ve applied before, but please do not apply for this group if you have taken part in an introductory group at the Royal Court since 2005 – the course will repeat material from the Young Writers’ Programme
• They will not be able to send you feedback on your submission
• You will receive an acknowledgement whether you send your script by email or post
• If you are sending your application electronically, please include your name somewhere in the document’s title
• Please send your documents in .doc, .docx, .rtf or .pdf format
• Due to the volume of submissions we receive, unfortunately they will only be able to contact you if you are successful in gaining a place.

Deadline:  Friday 9 January 2014 at 6pm

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

Ideastap Workshop – Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting

Through the workshop Introduction to Short Film Screenwriting, 20 IdeasTap members will have the chance to attend two screenwriting workshops designed to take you through the mechanics of short film scriptwriting. The workshops will be held in London on 20 and 27 November 2013 from 6pm to 8pm. They will be led by Sheena Bucktowonsing (Soho Theatre Writers’ Centre, Script Factory, Kindle Entertainment).

First, Sheena will strip back the process and look in detail at how you turn your idea for a short film into a satisfying story. She’ll go through basic narrative structure and make sure that you have all the building blocks of a great short film. Then Sheena will tackle the details of genre, tone and style. You’ll look at how to set up the world and the characters of your story quickly and effectively, and how to use visual metaphor and motif to ensure you make the most of this visual medium, as well as some tips on how to present and package your script.

These sessions are for writers that want to write a short film script for the first time. You might have experience in writing other forms but have never had a short film script produced. The sessions will be practical and involve writers developing their ideas from one session to the next.

How to apply:  You will need to apply through your Ideastap profile.  You can access the event page to follow the brief and submit your application:

Deadline:  11 November 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Ideastap

Submissions open for Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2014

Entries are now open for the Channel 4 screenwriting course 2014.

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

Writers will be expected to write an original, pilot one-hour drama series or serial episode, and 2-3 page outline \ pitch for the series \ serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a 2nd draft script before the 2nd weekend of the course.  Completed, 2nd draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.

Course dates:  25th and 26th January 2014 / 14th and 15th June 2014

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and are free to write two drafts of a one-hour television drama between 27th January and 5th June 2014.

Eligibility:  Eligible writers must meet the following criteria:

  • Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).
  • Applicants must be 18 or over on Jan 1st 2014.
  • Applicants must be resident in UK or Ireland
  • As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (max) may enter. Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.

What to submit/How to apply:  Applicants should submit by using the online form on the website a CV, together with one writing sample (saved as a PDF).  This can be a screenplay (film or TV), stage play or radio play, minimum length 25 pages (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable).

Scripts entered must be 25 – 135 pages in length. They can be screenplays, TV scripts, stage plays or radio plays. Scripts shorter than 25 pages or longer than 135 pages will not be considered.  The scripts should be original, not episodes of existing drama series.

Additional details can be found on the webpage.

What you get:  In addition to the workshop sessions, writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script.  All writers will be required to grant Shelley Productions a first option for Channel 4 to acquire all rights in their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

Deadline:  1 November 2013 at 5pm

Source:  Script Consultant Newsletter

Papercut Theatre running a workshop for emerging writers (fee)

Papercut Theatre will be running their ‘Professional Development for Emerging Writers’ workshop on 2nd November 2013 (10.30am – 6pm) in London. This day long workshop will look at:

  • At what stage should you send your plays to literary departments
  • What should your objectives be when sending your work to a theatre
  • Understanding feedback
  • Getting work staged
  • Networking
  • Managing the writer/ director relationship
  • Our top ten writing pitfalls to avoid
  • How to analyse others’ work and how this can benefit your own
  • Building unique character voices
This workshop will be led by Papercut Theatre Artistic Director, Melissa Dunne. Melissa is on the Literary Panel for the National Theatre and has read for The Bush Theatre, The Soho Theatre, Ice and Fire Theatre Company, The Verity Bargate Award and the Kings Cross Award.

Cost: £45 (tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided).

Location: Clean Break Theatre Company, 2 Patshull Road London NW5 2LB.

How to apply: contact or visit the website.

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Group.

Playwriting workshop at Pentabus Theatre (fee)

Pentabus Theatre are running a playwriting workshop led by Elizabeth Freestone on Saturday 19th October 10.3oam – 4.30pm. The workshop will look at developing your play, analysing structure and exploring conflict and how it affects your characters.There will also be a chance to read and discuss your work.

Places £50.

How to book:  email or call 01584 856564.

The workshop will take place at Pentabus Theatre in Ludlow.

Arcola Theatre accepting submissions for ‘Voices from the future’ (18-25)

The Arcola Theatre along with London Metropolitan University are looking for three writers for their ‘Voices from the Future’ scheme. The chosen writers will  attend a week of playwriting workshops led by a professional playwright culminating in developing a piece of new writing for performance at the Arcola this December.

During the workshop week, writers will explore the issues surrounding climate change, explore playwriting form and style, and also have access to some of the UKs leading experts in the field. On the final day of the week, writers will have opportunity to test out their ideas and gather further stimulus by  going in to local primary schools where the Arcola will run creative workshops looking in to climate change. After this, writers will have three weeks to develop a short (15 to 30 minute) piece that deals with the real-world effects of climate change.

Additional information:

  • This opportunity is open to IdeasTap members aged 18-25 only.
  • The week of writing workshops will run from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November.
  • The scratch performances will take place on Sunday 1 December, with a rehearsal day on Saturday 30 November.
  • The project will culminate in early December with a scratch reading of these new scenes at the Arcola Theatre as part of Green Arcola’s Green Sunday programme. Arcola Theatre will provide a professional director and actors to rehearse and stage these readings, along with all technical support.
  • Please note that no expenses will be paid.

Judges at the Arcola are looking for ” interesting ideas concerned with how to overcome the difficulties playwrights might face when addressing issues of climate change. They are especially interested in finding original, new voices that tackle the effects of climate change in an innovative and engaging way”.

How to apply: applications must be made through IdeasTap where applicants can submit supporting documents.

Deadline: 21 October 2013 at 5pm.

Source: IdeasTap Creative Briefs Page.

1 day Masterclass in Collaborative Writing, Tamasha Theatre Company (fee)

Image of Paper Tiger via Tamasha

Date: Saturday 28th September 2013, 10am – 6pm
Venue: Bush Theatre (Attic), W12 see here>

This 1 day masterclass will introduce different ways to approach writing and editing collaboratively. As many writers increasingly work across theatre, opera, film and TV, they encounter multiple models of ‘collaboration’ at various stages in the writing process: from feedback notes emailed to the solitary author, to simultaneous co-authoring by a group of writers sat around a table.

In this context, group writing can often be a muddy affair to navigate! This masterclass will embrace the mess, by focussing on particular details that are created within a collective panorama. We 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

Paper Tiger
is an emerging collective of theatre and film makers, working collaboratively and autonomously, who have co–written in the past and, with the support of Arts Council England, are working together on three new scripts in development. They are currently resident as Associate Artists at Ovalhouse.

Cost: £30 per participant.
[Please note that payment must be received in advance, upon confirmation that you have been allocated a place. If you cancel your place on or after Friday 20 September then they will be unable to refund your fee.]

To apply and for more information, see here:

Deadline: Friday 13 September 2013 at noon

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair: Spoken Word Workshops at Southbank Centre (age 18-25)

Image via Southbank Centre


Southbank Centre is looking for 10 up and coming writers to take part in Indiana Jones and the Extra Chair, a very exciting project with spoken word artist Simon Mole involving workshops and performances in two live shows at Southbank Centre:

Simon Mole’s ground-breaking one man show is a spoken word adventure that takes place over the evening meal. Every family dinner needs a hero. Mike is twenty-three years old but still asks ‘what would Indy do?’ at times of crisis, and it’s crunch time when we meet him at a busy train station on his way to his Mum’s.

The project is an opportunity for you to work with spoken word artist Simon Mole and critically acclaimed site-specific theatre director Peader Kirk on a series of workshops where you will create new work which will be performed alongside Simon in the live shows on Monday 14th & Tuesday 15th October at Southbank Centre.

Eligibilty:  Are you:

  • A poet/spoken word artist and keen to work on your writing and performance skills?
  • Between 18 – 25
  • Available on the following dates:

Monday September 30th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 2nd – 6pm – 9pm
Monday October 7th – 6pm – 9pm
Wednesday October 9th – 6pm – 9pm
Saturday October 12th – 11am – 6pm

Monday 14th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)
Tuesday 15th October – 7.30pm – 10pm (performance)

The Southbank Centre can offer London travel expenses for participants and 2 tickets to one of the show nights.

How to apply:  If you are interested, please email Bea Colley & Afia Yeboah at with your name, date of birth, email and phone number, and no more than 500 words on previous experience, any publications or performance experience and why you would like to be involved in the project.  Please mark your email ‘Indiana Jones’.

Deadline:  Friday 20 September 2013 at noon

Source:  Arts Council e-newsletter

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.