Tag Archives: Playwriting Courses

Popping Up in Bridport

 

 

 

 

Curious about writing for radio?   Not sure how to start?

What is a soundscape?  What does a radio script look like?

Not sure if your writing would work on radio?

At what point do you start the story?

How do you introduce characters?   Why is exposition a problem?

What are the BBC looking for?

Come and experiment with the specific set of writing skills you’ll need to get your work heard. We’ll examine extracts of radio plays, practise writing techniques, and you’ll learn how to create characters, atmosphere and a sense of time and place using significant sound.

10am – 3pm  Monday 15 October

Bridport

Cost: £55 (£45 concs)

Workshops are smoke/vape and mobile free zones. There will be scheduled breaks.

For more info: carodorset@gmail.com

Booking essential to secure your place.

Payment by BACS or cheque (non-refundable)

To book and payment details: astreetwriter@yahoo.com

Angie trained in writing for radio with Paul Ashton (BBC Writersroom), was mentored by Tina Peplar, writer for Radio 4, and attended writing monologues for radio with Paul Dodgson, Writer and Sound Engineer (Radio 4). She also spent two years as a member of Radio 4 Writer, Nell Leyshon’s writing group.  The BBC Writersroom has asked to see her next play for radio which she is currently writing.  Angie is a professional member of NAWE (National Association for Writers in Education) and has taught on the Open University Scriptwriting module.  She holds an MA in Scriptwriting and has taught writing for radio throughout the South West. She was recently awarded the Writers’ Guild Olwen Wymark Award for her work with new writers.

Contact: astreetwriter@yahoo.com

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Writers’ Guild Olwen Wymark Theatre Awards


The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) presented its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on Friday 2 February 2018.

The Olwen Wymark Awards, the brainchild of playwright Mark Ravenhill, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over the previous year.

They are named in honour of playwright Olwen Wymark, passionate supporter of WGGB and former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who died in 2013.

David James, former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee, who has organised the award since 2005, said: “The award was set up to make a statement of how important encouragement is, and is based on the simple premise of saying ‘thank you’. Now in its 13th year, it is a bright spot on the Writers’ Guild’s annual calendar.”

The winners of the 13th annual awards are:

Angela Street – Writer, Mentor, Workshop Leader, Script Reader, Dramaturg. Accredited Writing Coach (Arvon, RD1st, NAWE) Nominated by WGGB member Pippa Roberts for her support of women in theatre and inspiring Pippa during an Emerging Writers course.

Pippa Roberts said: “Angie inspired me because she felt like a real role model, somebody who has struggled with the sort of difficulties I have and who has been successful.

“She has a passion for theatre and writing, and she taught her workshops with the help of many different texts, so we encountered the things we might not encounter otherwise – many of us did not have the kind of income that would allow us to travel to see a lot of plays.

“Angie has been an inspiration to me – because of her humour and down-to-earth realism.”

Sue Andrews – Executive Director, Northern Broadsides theatre company. Nominated by WGGB member Deborah McAndrew for her support since Deborah’s first production for the company in 2004.

Ghislaine Kenyon – freelance trainer, curator and author in the area of visual arts and education. Nominated by WGGB member Diane Samuels, for her support with her play Waltz With Me.

Nicola McCartney playwright. Nominated by WGGB member Mary Jane Wells for mentoring her for her first play, Heroine: A Female Soldier’s Story.

Jon McKenna – actor. Nominated by WGGB member Anthony Mariani, for his support as a mentor for Anthony’s play The Rooster Rebellion (set on the eve of the Brexit vote), in which Jon had the lead role.

Deirdre McLaughlin – director, dramaturg and actor trainer. Nominated by WGGB member Poppy Corbett for giving her the opportunity to elevate her career to the next level.

 

Emma Manton and Matthew Woodyatt Nominated by WGGB member Jenifer Toksvig, for their support of her writing over many years and recently for her work to support refugee charity UNHCR.

John Retallack – director Nominated by WGGB member Zena Forster for his continued mentorship, and support in developing her first original stage play The Fourth Dog.

the salon:collective and its Artistic Director Dominic Kelly Nominated by WGGB member Mike Elliston for championing him following a long career break from playwriting.

For those who don’t already know, The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain is a trade union representing writers for TV, film, theatre, radio, books, poetry, animation, comedy and videogames. It negotiates national agreements on pay and conditions with key industry bodies, including BBC, ITV and Pact; the Royal Court, National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. It campaigns and lobbies on behalf of writers and offers a range of benefits to its members, including free contract vetting, support and advice; events and discounts; free training; a weekly ebulletin; a pension scheme and welfare fund.

Website: http://www.writersguild.org.uk

Twitter: @TheWritersGuild

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thewritersguild

 

Happy New Writing 2018

I trust you’ve all survived the festive season with aplomb and are eager to get back into writing again.  WRITE ON for artists with disabilities is continuing at Salisbury Arts Centre and new Masterclasses are coming up in the Spring. Without further adodah here are the dates for 2018. Feel free to ask questions and email me to sign up. You’ll see that some groups are now focusing on close script analysis – these groups are kept small and you need to be prepared to bring your script, or scenes, with you to read and revise in the group.

She Writes Fridays:  10:00 – 12:30 (for close script analysis)

19 January

2 February

23 February

16 March

Cost £75/£65 concs

SHE WRITES Saturdays. 10:30 – 1:00

13 Jan

3 Feb

3 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

RED HOTS SATURDAYS:  14:00 – 16:30 (for experienced writers)

13 Jan

10 Feb

10 March

24 March

Cost: £75/£65 concs

LinkUp Arts for artists with disabilities, and their carers.

Tuesdays 10:30 – 12:30   All levels of experience welcome

16 January – 27 March weekly

Subsidised by LinkUp Arts  £5/£3 per session

Scriptwriters Doo Dah, Writing for Stage @ Salisbury Arts Centre

Wednesdays 19:00 – 21:00   All levels of experience welcome

10 Jan – 21 March   (Attend Performance on 14 Feb)

Cost: £94 includes ticket for performance on 14 Feb

Masterclasses

Writing Dramatic Monologues

3 x Saturdays: tbc

Revising and Editing

Preparing your script for submission to theatres, agents, competitions.

 

 

Playwriting Courses starting September

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Writing for Stage – Scriptwriters’ Doo Dah 

7-9 Weds  starts 21 September

Kickstart your writing with these practical writing workshops. Learn the secrets of writing dialogue, creating characters and making a drama out of a crisis.  £89 for 10 sessions.

Book online www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk or phone 01722 321744

                   ‘Fast, furious and fun’  Linda Morse

SHE WRITES has gone from strength to strength and welcomes new writers. All levels of experience welcome.

Fridays: 10 – 12.30 (7 per term) £125 (£105 concs)

Saturdays: 10 – 12.30 (4 per term) £105/95

Book online www.salisburyplayhouse.com or phone 01722 320333

Emerging Playwrights Group for experienced writers

Saturdays monthly 2 – 4.30

Sessions are structured around the individual needs of the writers and include:

Ø  Reading and analysing each other’s scripts

Ø  Examining contemporary playtexts

Ø  Writing exercises

Ø  Revising and editing skills

Ø  Networking and submission information

Book online www.salisburyplayhouse.com or phone 01722 320333

Topics may include: Differentiating Voices/Unheard Voices; Writing Leading Parts for Women, Exploring Structures, Stage Directions, Subtext, Theatricality, Comedy, Working with Actors.

Course leader: Angela Street holds an MA in Scriptwriting and is an experienced workshop leader with 25 years of experience working with scripts and writers throughout the South West.  

‘Astonishing, exciting, liberating’  Dawn Gorman, Poet

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.

Venue

  • 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

  • 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 choldertonstonehenge@yha.org.uk 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.

Travel

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

http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Stonehenge-Youth-Hostel/Salisbury/8265/directions

Cholderton Stonehenge Youth HostelIMG_0578

Beacon House

Amesbury Road

CholdertonIMG_0521 (2)

Wiltshire

www.choldertonyouthhostel.co.uk

tel. 01980 629379

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salisbury Fringe Success!

Full house at The Pheasant

Full house at The Pheasant

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Joe Rose and Nicholas Lumley in ROOF by Sam Robinson

Fringe - Sat Eve

Joe Bossano and Roxy Dunn in CUTS by David Marrs

As you’ll see, I’m useless at uploading pix and arranging on a page… but you’ll get the general idea… There’s about 50 pix on the Facebook page of Salisbury Arts Centre Scriptwriters.

All pix by our friendly photographer, Tim Kidner

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 angelastreet@tiscali.co.uk