4 Day courses on the art of Writing for Theatre
WRITE THEATRE is a series of unique, intensive courses for emerging theatre writers run by established playwrights. As well as working with the tutors, participants will have the opportunity to have their writing workshopped and rehearsed with experienced professional actors.
The Spring 2020 Write Theatre course
will take place at The Cockpit
over the weekends of
May 9th /10th
May 16th / 17th
The course is offered in association with Border Crossings Laboratory.
About WRITE THEATRE playwriting courses
We believe that the writing of plays is a flexible and an organic process, not something that can be taught through the rigid application of rules or application of templates. And it is through this organic process that the writer finds his or her voice. Our aim in the WRITE theatre course is to enable you to find a process that works for you.
Playwrights, like all other writers, have to spend time alone on the hard graft of developing a playscript. But writing for theatre is essentially different from writing novels, short stories or poetry in that collaborations are at the heart of theatre. What makes this course unique is that you will get the chance to work with actors in groups and individually; to see your work explored and brought to life; and to engage in dialogue with experienced theatre professionals.
Our courses provide:
- the stimulation of working amongst other aspiring writers
- intensive tuition through individual tutorials
- group seminars and workshops on generating material, effective dialogue, characterisation and structure
- time to draft and time to discuss those drafts with the tutors and other writers
- 2 days of workshops with experienced professional actors, all of whom have worked regularly with the RSC, culminating in performance of short extracts from your own work.
There is a strict upper limit of numbers on Write Theatre courses – for further details, see Forthcoming Courses.
Please note: the May 2020 course will be the final Write Theatre course.
Actors workshopping a script
from writers who have been on Write Theatre courses
For many other testimonials, and to see the full text of all the following, go to the TESTIMONIALS page.
“Brian and Rib’s wonderful course… is so good because it’s intensive. It forces you (in the most pleasant and interesting ways possible) to consider why you’re writing, what you’re doing with your idea, and how you’re going to get there. A great investment and a whole lot of fun.” Ellie Ross. May 2018
“… have just finished the second Write Theatre weekend… incredibly enlightening … very practical … lots of constructive feedback… Highly recommended.” Rachael Forrest May 2018
“I am just sitting down to continue work on my play buzzing with all the ideas and possibilities for the writing that were generated by the Write Theatre weekends. … I left feeling inspired and very grateful for the time and energy you both put into all of us and our writing.” Kass Boucher May 2018
“Working with Brian and Rib gave me many genuine breakthrough moments… The second weekend, working with (very talented) actors, is what makes it really unique, and incredibly valuable. Seeing a script ‘on its feet’, watching it gain flesh through direction … massively important if you don’t want your work to languish in a desk drawer. A fantastic course for all emerging playwrights.” Poppy Holman May 2018
“Whether you’re an experienced writer or complete beginner, this is a course that inspires and galvanises at every level… An extraordinarily creative course, a joy to be on – thank you.” Ruth Padel. October 2016
“An intelligent, incisive, supportive , forgiving and releasing writing environment… Demystifies the process and brings it down to very simple basics. Very constructively challenging… opened up views and insights on my writing that were an inspiration and which gave me courage… A rare and mindful environment for creativity and work and crucially no egos – just intelligence, collaboration and support. Excellent. Thank you!” Elizabeth Kelly. October 2017.
‘… one of the best courses I have ever attended! Brian and Rib are both so supportive and knowledgeable and they create a safe space for everyone to learn together whether creating character, dialogue or writing a full length scene…. The course is very practical … (and) very intense and they pack a lot in… I now feel inspired to go away and write my first play and feel confident I have the tools to give it a go!” Jamie Phillips. October 2017.
“One of the richest, most generous learning experiences I’ve ever had. I cannot recommend this course enough.” Rebecca Lee. May 2017
“Writing courses can often over promise, under deliver and charge you more than they are really worth. With Brian and Rib’s Write Theatre course, it’s the other way round. I highly recommend taking the Write Theatre course.” Jon Reed. May 2017
“I would just like to say how grateful I am for all your insight, guidance and generosity. The course was the perfect combination of practical advice and pure inspiration, delivered in such an open and encouraging spirit. I feel equipped with a new confidence to move forward with my writing.” George Coupe. May 2016.
“I am still riding the wave of inspiration you offered me with your two-weekend course. None of this productive work would have happened without your support and guidance.” Cintia Taylor. May 2017
“I haven’t felt that engaged in anything for a long, long time. I feel as though you’ve saved me about 20 years. Just so much fun. Thank you!” Sass Clyde. May 2017
“This was such a fantastic course. I can’t recommend it highly enough.” Cath Comfort. May 2016.
“I enjoyed it on so many fronts – the sheer joy of having a fresh slant on plot and character, your teaching styles and the camaraderie…” Katharine McMahon. May 2016.
“Very stimulating … I learnt enormous amounts.” Chris Bird. May 2016.
“A must for a writer at any stage.” Doc Watson. May 2016.
“This course was the best writing course I have ever done… Overall, I found the course hugely empowering. I left after four days and actually felt that I could write!” Justin Joseph, November 2015
“What a wonderful experience … Pure magic! Thank you, Brian and Rib, for being such inspiring teachers. The creative juices are still flowing …” Robin Lustig, November 2015
“By the end of the fortnight you’ve moved to places you didn’t know were there, let alone could get to!” Marina Jenkyns, November 2015
“I cannot recommend this course highly enough… what surprised me was how changed I felt at the end of it… Brian and Rib are excellent teachers. They are generous, thoughtful, engaged, and intelligent, and they create a really supportive learning environment.”
Caroline Doherty de Novoa, November 2015
“It’s hard to imagine how such a short course (or indeed any length of course) could be more instructive, productive and enriching than this one…. Thrilling and energising.”
Judith Ramm, May 2015
“Your course has given me a new lease of life… You are so generous with your wisdom, insight, time and enthusiasm. This course was just what I needed… I found the experience with the group to be brilliantly structured… Thank you so much.” Sarah Levinsky, November 2014
“This excellent course… so much thought and encouragement given to my writing… This course is highly recommended.” Caroline Kirrane, November 2014
“The course was fantastic! Brian and Rib offer great insight and constructive criticism….” Lloyd Miner, November 2014
“That was truly inspirational.” David Howgego, June 2014.
“The WRITE THEATRE course… is excellent value for money… I loved your teaching style… I feel like I’ve achieved 6 months worth of information and experience in just 4 days. The opportunity to have our work read, workshopped and performed by such quality actors was an absolute thrill. Thank you for an incredibly enriching, absorbing, challenging, intense and wonderful experience.” Lara Cetinich Cory, June 2014.
“Hard work; great fun; transformational; how magic happens. This is the writing community I’ve been searching for.” Lindsey Armstrong, June 2014
“I found the whole course immensely rewarding. Having professional actors work on one of my scenes moved me to tears. Brian Woolland and Rib Davis are great teachers and highly regarded playwrights. Value for money and a really great course!” Richard Barrett, June 2014.
“Having world-class actors to work with brought everything we had learned in class brilliantly to life. If you have any interest in writing for theatre then this is the real deal”. Charles Inge, November 2013.
“It took a while to sink in just how visionary a concept your Write Theatre course actually was… experienc(ing) for ourselves how the exploration of a scene between writer, director and actors really works. What a rare treat”. Helen Toft, November 2013
For many other testimonials, and to see the full text of all the above, go to the TESTIMONIALS page