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503Studio: Advanced Playwriting

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Five weekly Monday sessions from 16 Nov – 14 Dec, 2pm – 4.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

Week 1: HOW TO WRITE EVERY DAY (Tips, strategies and writing exercises to help you hit your deadlines, stay creative and be productive. )

Week 2: ADVANCED STRUCTURE (Tools and processes to structure your work which go beyond classic 3 act/5 act structure.)

Week 3: DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING (Exercises and ideas to help you improve your dialogue, scene delivery and characterisation.)

Week 4: DIFFERENT FISH NEED DIFFERENT BAIT (A session looking at how to find the best form for your idea.)

Week 5: THE HUSTLE (The business side of being a freelance writer.)

To be added to our waiting list, please sign up here (please note that some places have been held off sale to prioritise Share the Drama beneficiaries – see below)

Thanks to Arts Council England’s Emergency Grant and our Share The Drama scheme, we want to make sure those of you who are struggling in the current climate can still take part in our Autumn Writers Programme. While we prioritise anyone who is long term unemployed and/or claiming benefits, we’re also offering subsidies if you’re in financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. To express interest in a bursary or subsidised placement through our Share The Drama scheme, please sign up here. If you would prefer to speak directly to a member of our team about your circumstance or to ask for more information about this scheme, please contact us

If you would like to discuss any access requirements and how we can accommodate them, prior to booking, please get in touch with us.


Sam Potter is a writer and director. She trained at Dartington College of Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the National Theatre and the RSC. As a director, she has worked at Hampstead Theatre, RSC, National Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera. Her debut play, Mucky Kid, which opened at Theatre503 in 2013, earned her a Most Promising New Playwright Offie nomination and a place on the 2015 Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme. In 2015/16 she was Papatango’s Resident Playwright, supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and was one of five writers invited to take part in the Tricycle’s inaugural New Writers’ Programme, NW6. In 2017, she was appointed Writer in Residence at the North Wall in Oxford and her play Charlie Charlie reached the Top 40 of the Bruntwood Award and was longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award. In January 2018 her play Hanna opened at the Arcola, produced by Papatango, before embarking on a UK tour. In 2020, her play Nighthawk was longlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Writing credits include: The Unicorn (Alchymy Festival), Metcalfe & Sons (Lamda), Someone, Somewhere (North Wall and Edinburgh Festival), Hanna (Arcola and UK Tour), The Same Old, Same Old, Same (Oxford School of Drama-Soho Theatre), Daniel (New Plays Festival-Tricycle Theatre), Tuesday Play (Daily Plays by Etch, Squint-The Pleasance Theatre), Mucky Kid (Theatre503). Sam is an Associate Artist at The North Wall.



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