Category Archives: Courses

Coming up…save the dates

Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah @ Salisbury Arts Centre starts Weds 21 September, 7-9pm, in the Media Room. 10 week course covering all the basics of writing for theatre. New writers welcome – be prepared to play and take risks…

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

Sir Midnight Blues @Salisbury Arts Centre
Dr Sketchy 27 July 2016. Photo by Simon Morris.

EMERGING WRITERS (Community Space, Salisbury Playhouse

Saturdays  (in blocks of 4) 2pm – 4.30pm

24 Sep,  29 Oct,  26 Nov, 10 Dec

14 January,  11 February,  11 March,  8 April

22 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July

SHE WRITES (Hawkings Lounge, Salisbury Playhouse) 10am – 12.30pm

Fridays (blocks of seven)

23, 30 Sep, 14, 28 Oct, 11, 25 Nov, 9, Dec

13, 27 Jan, 10, 24 Feb, 10, 24 March, 7 April,

21 April,  5, 19 May  2, 16, 30 June, 7 July

Saturdays (blocks of four)

24 Sep, 29 Oct,  26 Nov,  10 Dec

14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 March, 8 April

22 Apr,  6 May, 3 June,  1 July

More details coming soon – let me know if you’re interested so that I can keep track of numbers.

Writing Comedy Monologues @ Basingstoke



A SIX-WEEK COURSE for writers to:

Look at examples of Monologues written for stage and radio
Create unbelievable characters and invent impossible situations
Practise techniques using inspirational writing exercises
Play with language, visuals and sounds
Work on your own scripts with a view to completing a short monologue

Friendly, playful, informal sessions, suitable for beginners or writers wanting to expand their repertoire. All comers welcome.

Wednesdays from 15 July to 19 August 2015
Time: 2pm – 4.15
Cost: £85 for six weeks.
Book your place in person or by phone @ Basingstoke Discovery Centre, Festival Place Shopping Centre, Basingstoke RG21 7LS
0300 555 1387

Weekend Writers’ Getaway in Wiltshire

I’ve been searching for a place to hold a Residential Writers’ Weekend and a few weeks ago I Cholderton Stonehenge Youth Hostelwas lucky enough to find this great venue owned by a writer in Cholderton which they tell me is only 4 miles from Stonehenge.  It’s taken a while to work out the Nitty Gritty but without further ado, here it is:

Weekend Writers’ Getaway  16-18 October  Cholderton

Does your writing need pzazz and pzing?

This weekend is ideal for kickstarting new dramas and kickboxing writers’ blocks. Using a secret melange of stimulating writing tasks and exploration of the surrounding rare breeds’ farm as a source of inspiration, participants can write, relax, and bounce ideas around in a dynamic yet supportive stratosphere. Here you can get away for some dedicated writing time in a peaceful environment where Roman, Iron and Bronze Age settlements lurk just below the surface.

Quote: ‘NowYoung Stallion at Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm that my creativity and confidence has been freed again I am moving on towards my goal of a 90 minute play with renewed energy and clarity.’


Course Leader Angie Street is an experienced writing tutor and accredited writing coach (NAWE/Arvon/RD1st) with an MA in Scriptwriting. She has been running playwriting workshops at Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and throughout the South West.  She actively encourages playfulness and risk-taking in the use of language, form and content.

The Nitty Gritty

Arrive Friday 16th October early evening and leave midday on Sunday 18 October.

£250 per person. Early Bird bookings before 30 June:  £230                              Price includes Tuition, Accommodation (2 nights) and all Meals, teas/coffees.


  • Cholderton Stonehenge is a large and newly converted Youth Hostel, FullSizeRenderwith a lounge, conservatory and gardens, on an old drove road close to Stonehenge and other ancient archaeological features on Salisbury plain.
  • Writing sessions will take IMG_0579place in the Education Room.
  • There is a separate licensed bar adjoining the hostel.
  • You’re welcome to walk in the surrounding wIMG_0490oods and coppices and you’ll have the run of the farm outside public opening hours.


  • Accommodation is in shared rooms but you can ask to upgrade to single occupancy when booking but there will be an extra charge for this.
  • State when booking if you want to share with a friend.
  • Most rooms are ensuite.
  • There is one wheelchair accessible room with ensuite.
  • Please phone the hostel to discuss any special requirements 01980 629379.

To book a place

Email stating WRITERS WORKSHOP in the subject line and giving a contact number.

Max 15 places available. (When the course is full we’ll keep a waiting list)

Because of the popularity of the venue, we’re sorry we’re unable to hold places on reserve.

Payment by credit card, BACS or cheque made out to Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

£250 per person. Early Bird bookings before 30 June:  £230

Refunds up to August 30, minus 10% for administrative costs.

We are unable to give any refunds after the 30 August 2015.


Nearest station is Grateley on the Waterloo – Exeter line

Local Taxis: Griff’s Taxi’s Tel: (01980) 594411 Ace Cabs Tel: (01980) 622219

By car – off the A303 near Andover. See

Cholderton Stonehenge Youth HostelIMG_0578

Beacon House

Amesbury Road

CholdertonIMG_0521 (2)


tel. 01980 629379








Nutshells and Scratch

In the interest of nutshells, and because I’m going on holiday next week (yippee) here’s the autumn from a squirrel’s perspective:

Emerging Writers, She Writes and Lymington Playwrights –  writers invited to have their first scene performed in a Scratch Night at Salisbury Playhouse on 4 November.

The Lymington group is embryonic T SP 065_edited-1and welcomes new and aspiring playwrights. Its links with Salisbury Playhouse mean that participants are invited to take part in Playhouse events along with She Writes and the Emerging group.

In response to the success of She Writes on Wednesday mornings, new this term is an Evening She Writes session on Thursdays from 7pm.

Follow links for more info on any of the above or email me

Playwriting Workshops starting soon at Salisbury Playhouse

SHE WRITES Weds morning Playwriting Workshops start 24 April, 10am.

SHE WRITES Evening Taster Session, Thursday 25 April, 7pm – an alternative to Wednesday mornings.

Emerging Writers, new term starts 18 May. 4pm.