ONLINE PLAYWRITING COURSE

OUR NEXT COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE OVER THE MORNINGS OF SATURDAYS OCTOBER 24th & 31st and NOVEMBER 7th

Theatre is a live experience, which is why in our courses we not only explore and play with the words on the page but have also always employed actors to workshop the draft scripts of participants, to see how the scripts actually stand up to live, physical rehearsal and performance. However, the new circumstances in which we find ourselves mean that, for the moment, none of that is possible, so we are now offering a remote course. (We refer to it as a remote course rather than an online one, though of course it takes place over the internet, as online courses often offer teaching that can be accessed at any time, while our course is interactive – the tutors, Rib Davis and Brian Woolland, engaging directly with the participants throughout.)

The course uses the Zoom platform (use of the platform is free at the participant end). The workshops will be a mixture of plenary sessions, individual writing exercises and pair exercises (using the Zoom breakout facility – participants do not need to know how to use this facility, as it is operated from our end).

The workshops will be spread across 3 Saturday half days, with exercises to be completed between each Saturday.

We are strictly limiting the number of participants to 6 for each course, in order to guarantee individual attention.

As for our face-to-face course, we do not require that participants have any previous writing experience. What we do require is a real enthusiasm for theatre and theatre writing, and an open attitude to learning.

Day 1

This consists of 2 80-minute workshops, with a 30-minute break between them. The first workshop, GETTING STARTED, is about generating material from scratch.  The second workshop looks at writing EFFECTIVE DIALOGUE for the theatre.

In the week between Day 1 and Day 2 the participants will complete some short writing exercises based on those workshops, to be submitted to the tutor 24 hours before Day 2.

Day 2

This begins with an 80-minute remote workshop, responding to the exercises the participants have completed, and exploring further aspects of Getting Started and Effective Dialogue.

There is then an 80-minute remote workshop focused upon CHARACTERISATION and STRUCTURE.

In the week between Day 2 and Day 3 the participants will complete some short writing exercises based on those workshops, to be submitted to the tutor 24 hours before Day 3.

Day 3

The morning consists of a 50-minute remote workshop, responding to the exercises the participants have completed, and exploring further aspects of Characterisation and Structure.

This will be followed by 60 minutes of open tutorials, in which the participants will have the opportunity to discuss their writing and their writing plans with the tutor and the other participants.

Finally there will be a 50-minute workshop on THE REVISING PROCESS and next steps. This is the end of the course.

Timings of sessions 10.00am – 11.20am and 11.50am – 1.10pm.

Participants will need:

  • a computer with internet access and a strong signal
  • a camera and microphone either as part of the computer or connected to it (most computers now incorporate these as standard)
  • a quiet location without distractions or interruptions.

You are encouraged to try out the use of Zoom in advance of the course, but that is not vital.  The tutor will take you through the use of the platform, which is anyway very straightforward.

When you have enrolled you will receive a reading list for the course. There are a small number of required texts (which will be referred to during the course) as well as recommended texts.

The Fee for the course is £250. To enrol, please see the Enrolment and Fees page of this site.

After the course

Those who have completed the course will be invited to have extracts from their plays given online rehearsed readings with experienced professional actors. The precise arranagements for these sessions, including fees, are yet to be confirmed.

After Day 3 participants are also encouraged to write a complete script, and then to take advantage of Write Theatre’s Script Appraisal service.

NOTE     If we are unable to run the course for any reason (including precautions and restrictions arising from responses to the Coronavirus), all fees paid (including the deposit) will be returned in full. If the course runs but a participant is unable to attend as a result of illness or self-isolation, the course fee will be refunded minus the deposit.