About our in-person courses

Course information

Although we do not have any courses currently scheduled, the following gives an indication of how our in-person courses work:

For all our in-person courses at The Cockpit, the first weekend is devoted to workshops, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. Through a series of exercises and workshops, we enable writers to develop material from the first germs of an idea into the beginnings of a script.

The period between the first weekend and the second gives you an opportunity to revise and develop your writing.

For the SECOND weekend professional actors are present throughout.  Every writer on the course has the opportunity to see an extract from their script workshopped and rehearsed.

During the course writers work on:

    • Generating material and ideas
    • Writing effective dialogue
    • Finding a voice
    • Characterisation and character development
    • Narrative, structure and plot
    • Visualisation, imagery and setting
    • Stagecraft
    • Editing and rewriting

They take part in:

    • Seminars
    • Individual tutorials
    • Workshops with experienced professional actors (2nd weekend only)

The courses culminate in:

    • Script-in-hand performances by professional actors of short scripts or extracts that you will have developed during the course.

PLEASE NOTE:  During the workshops with actors WRITE Theatre participants take part in discussions, but are NOT be required to act.

There is a strict UPPER LIMIT on the number of participants on any WRITE Theatre playwriting course. We accept a maximum of 8 writers. This is in order to allow sufficient workshop time for every participant’s script extract to be explored in depth during the second weekend.

Although we do not have any courses currently scheduled, if you would like to register an interest, please contact us and we will let you know when we next organise an in-person course.  See Contact page.


All our courses are offered in association with Border Crossings.