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TWP Autumn 23: Write Your First Full Length Play

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Theatre503 Writers’ Programme Course: Write Your First Full Length Play, Steve Harper

Eight Wednesday sessions starting from Wednesday 27 September, 7 – 9.30pm. The sessions will take place over Zoom.

Theatre503 introduces its flagship writing course, to support you to write your first full length play led by Literary Manager, Steve Harper. The course will provide a structured exploration of pivotal stages of the process and incorporate discussion, exercises and shared experience directly in response to the work you are creating throughout.

Acknowledging that not one given process works for all writers, we will aim to explore as many alternative processes as possible. Writers will be encouraged to explore and share their own experiences of what has been useful and what has got in the way, with the course providing a space within which to reflect on these and guidance to how we might best draw on these experiences to inform our writing processes going forward.

We will provide ongoing support throughout the process, but with an awareness to the fact that all writers processes are bespoke. In this sense, whilst structured, we will also have the flexibility to provide different levels of dramaturgical support to individual writers at different stages of the process.

Limited-Time Special Offer! By enrolling in this course, you can access a 1-2-1 dramaturgy session at the special concession rate of £75 – a 50% discount.

Normally priced at £150, a 1-2-1 dramaturgy session provides writers with the chance to receive detailed feedback on your script and its potential development. To access the special £75 rate, simply follow these steps:
1. Add both the ‘Write Your First Full Length Play’ and ‘1-2-1 dramaturgy’ session to your basket.
2. Log into your account during the checkout process.
3. On the last page before making your payment, you’ll see the price automatically adjust to the concession rate.

Schedule:
Wednesday 27 September 23 – Session 1 – Ideas
Wednesday 18 October 23 – Session 2 – Mapping Your Play

Wednesday 25 October 23 – Session 3 – Character & Character Journeys
Wednesday 8 November 23 – Session 4 – Scenes
Wednesday 15 November 23 – Session 5 – Dialogue/Subtext
Wednesday 29 November 23 – Session 6 – Setting/Space
Wednesday 6 December 23 – Session 7 – Structure
Wednesday 13 December 23 – Session 8 – Tutorials

Participants should come onto the course with potential ideas about the play they would like to write.

Please note we cannot commit to an ongoing dramaturgical relationship with any pieces that may develop on this course, or commit to a production. However we will offer an open and honest discussion with all participants about possible next steps for their work, recommendations of other development opportunities that might be of benefit, and guidance to where their work may best be suited in terms of future engagement.

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.

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

It is important to consider that this is not an introduction to playwriting but a course that will provide opportunities to refresh our basic knowledge of the craft in direct relationship to our work and the objective of writing a play over the period of the next 4 months. It is a course aimed at helping those writers trying to move from writing short plays to full length work, or those who might have written some full length work and feel it would be helpful to have a structured and ongoing dramaturgical relationship throughout the process.

Dates/Times: Wednesday 27 September (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 18 October (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 25 October (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 8 November (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 15 November (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 29 November (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 6 December (7-9.30pm), Wednesday 13 December (7-9.30pm).


Steve Harper heads the Literary Department of Theatre503. In the 14 years he has worked at the venue he has been responsible for identifying and supporting over 1,000 debut playwrights and helping to start their career. He co-created the 503Five initiative and Theatre503 International Playwriting Award. He has developed an outstanding reputation for matchmaking writers, directors and producers including putting together the team that delivered the Olivier Award winning Rotterdam.

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