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How to write a play

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

How to write a play

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Playwriting can be one of the purest and most liberating forms of writing, but for the uninitiated it can also be one of the most intimidating. This course will demystify the unique process of writing for the stage, and give you the confidence and tools you need to explore your ideas, start writing a play and embrace all the opportunities theatre can offer a creative mind.

Course description

Over the course of a weekend, we'll examine the fundamentals of playwriting through practical writing exercises and discussion. We'll start with the most important of all: ideas. In subsequent sessions we'll take a closer look at what makes writing for the stage different from any other form, and how you can shape your idea into characters, situations and settings that work theatrically.

By the end of the two days, every student will produce a scene, which they will have the rare opportunity to hear read by professional actors, to learn what happens to a playwright's words when they're lifted off the page and given life.

Other sessions will include:

  • Ideas
  • Beginning a playwriting
  • Character
  • Style
  • Fuel/discipline
  • Structure

This course is for you if...

You have an idea for a play but don't know how to start writing it, or you're passionate about writing and theatre and want to learn more about the art of playwriting.

Tutor profile

Rebecca Lenkiewicz has written for radio, television and film. Her plays include The Night Season and Her Naked Skin ( National Theatre), Shoreditch Madonna and That Almost Unnameable Lust ( Soho Theatre), The Painter (Arcola), and a recent adaptation of The Turn of the Screw at the Almeida and Ibsen's Ghosts and An Enemy of the People (Arcola and Manhattan Theatre Club, Broadway).


Dates: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 January 2014
Times: 10am-5pm
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Early bird special (a limited number of places at a reduced price for people who book in advance) £349
Regular price £399
(all prices include VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 15

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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