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TWP Spring 24: Introduction to Playwriting

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Masterclass: Introduction to Playwriting, Tanya Ronder

A playwriting course for newcomers. Tanya Ronder will take 4 sessions to get you to a point where you are ready to write. There’ll be one longer session after the writing break where we will hear one another’s writing.

Session 1: Starting points & process – There is no right way to write a play. We will start to work out what we respond to, helping us identify our taste whilst appreciating how individual each writer is. We will begin to explore who we might be as writers. We will discuss process, collaboration, & the kind of dogged patience required for the long haul of making work.

Session 2: Inspiration & building drama – Using visual prompts, we will start to exercise our writing muscles. We will look at what creates drama, & what action really is.

Session 3: Mining yourself – Using ourselves, our history, & a host of prompts, we will stir up some deep-rooted questions & ideas.

Session 4: Structure – Borrowing from some classic & genius structure-makers – Kurt Vonnegut, Pixar – we will learn what we need to write a play. One week writing break During the break you will write five pages of drama. It will be a scene from the play or show that you have conceived, broadly structured, & hopefully named.

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

Dates: Thursday 15th February, Thursday 22nd February, Thursday 29th February, Thursday 7th March & Thursday 21st March

Time: 7pm – 9:30pm

Running time of workshop: 2.5 hours – delivered online. Maximum class sizes are 16.


Tanya’s work for theatre includes Table (The Shed, NT); Dara (The Lyttelton, NT – ACTA award Best Production); Liolà (Lyttelton, NT); Hex the musical (Olivier, NT); Ionesco’s Macbett (RSC); Filumena (Almeida); Blood Wedding (Almeida); Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens, 02, USA tour); Fuck the Polar Bears (Bush); Vernon God Little (Young Vic – Olivier nomination Best New Play); Peribanez (Young Vic); Film includes King Bastard and short film collaboration, Sisters, (London Short Film Festival).

Tanya has been teaching Introduction to Playwriting on RADA’s Foundation course for many years. She is also a trained coach (Coaching Psychology, Birkbeck); (Fundamentals of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Regent’s College); (MSc in The Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health, Kings College London, ongoing); IFS (Internal Family Systems Institute UK, Level 1).


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