Take Part in Write Now 6

Join us for our writing workshops if you want to try out something new, or if you have an idea you want to develop. We had three new workshops for you this year, with exciting guest speakers. All workshops were just £5!

Big Adventures in Small Worlds

In this workshop we use automatic writing exercises, drawing on our past experiences to create authentic familiar worlds for our characters to inhabit. This ‘small world’ is then a safe place to explore a ‘big adventure’, allowing us to investigate challenging, scary and unwieldy themes and events. Led by Anna Jordan.

Anna won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in 2013 with her play Yen, which had a sell out run at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Other writing credits include Freak (Assembly Fest Edinburgh / Theatre503); Chicken Shop (Park Theatre, Winner of West End Frame Fringe Production of the Year 2014); The Freedom Light (Company of Angels); The Ivory Year (LAMDA); Stay Happy Keep Smiling (Soho Theatre); Coming Home (Bush Theatre); Staunch (Arcola); Fragments (Riverside). She is Artistic Director of Without a Paddle Theatre, and has taught acting and playwriting at RADA, LAMDA, Arts Ed, Italia Conti and Identity. She is currently on the BBC Drama Production Writers’ Scheme.

Synopsis Surgery

Get it right before you write! This workshop is about honing a workable blueprint for your play. Pitch and kick ideas around and get feedback from group discussion to move your play forward. Led by David Bottomley.

David is Literary Manager of the Jack Studio Theatre, a playwright and workshop leader. He has run workshops for Spread the Word, Goldsmiths, IDEO and IdeasTap. He founded the London Playwrights’ Collective and the Jack Writers’ Workshop. He took Message in a Bottle, his one man show to Edinburgh Festival 2012 and his play, The Peacock and the Nightingale had it’s world premiere at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2014.

Inventing In/credible! Characters

A practical look at how to craft truthful and believable characters with real potential to inspire great drama.  Come with a character in mind or create one on the spot. Through exercises and discussion the workshop will look at how to build a character, and by exploring their public, private and inner worlds, how you can discover the potent relationships, needs and wants that will form the foundations of a character’s journey. Led by Suzanne Gorman.

Suzanne is a Director, Dramaturg and Producer whose work has focused on giving a platform to the voices, stories and creativity of BAME and diverse communities. She is Artistic Director of Maya Productions, a company that makes theatre that reflects and celebrates diversity. She is also Artistic Associate at Soho Theatre, where she previously led the creative learning department and directed over fifteen new writing productions, managed the unique young writers programmes and pioneered the company’s groundbreaking site specific and digital work with communities. She has worked and directed for New Perspectives Theatre Company, Derby LIVE, Shared Experience, Immediate Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, Leicester Haymarket, Kali Theatre Company and Theatre Royal Stratford East.