Let’s Get Creating!

In March 2021 we were delighted to run six online writing workshops hosted by six different writers. These fun, creative and accessible workshops covered a range of fabulous topics.

Thank you to our workshop leaders, and to everyone who attended!

Amazing workshop today – so inspiring, my mind is buzzing!! Thanks to the Jack Studio Theatre for organising.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and it was lovely to meet new people and get some very clear ways of developing my voice as a writer.

It was brilliantly presented. Great fun, interesting and really helpful.

The impact of this workshop will inform, shape and support my development as a writer.


This workshop used character creation, story arcs and creative writing to help participants create the beginning of their own storytelling show. At the end of the workshop, they produced a short soliloquy.

Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu is a British-Ghanaian theatre-maker whose work aims to stretch the imagination of his audiences with his unique brand of storytelling. Previous work includes creating Sweet Like Chocolate Boy (Jack Studio & London Tour) and directing Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre). https://www.trisfa.com/writer

What have you got to say?

In this accessible workshop, participants completed some writing exercises, got helpful tips on developing characters and by the end, had a better idea of their voice and the stories they wanted to tell.

Chantelle Dusette is a writer and performer. From 2018–2019 Chantelle completed both new writing and story development programmes at The Criterion Theatre Piccadilly. Her play “CLICK” made the final for the Off Cut Festival in Manchester, 53Two in 2019 and her latest piece “EV(E)OLUTION made the Alfred Fagon longlist for play of the year in 2020.

Finding a Character

This workshop explored how to find a character and then a story starting from scratch. It led participants through a number of character-building exercises and showed how a story can be created without effort.

Lin Coghlan is from Dublin. She trained at the Rose Bruford College. Her writing for the theatre includes Apache Tears Clean Break, winner of the Peggy Ramsay Award, Kingfisher Blue at the Bush, Mercy and Waking at the Soho Theatre and The Miracle at the National Theatre. She has written many plays for companies with strong community relationships including Theatre Centre, Red Ladder, Clean Break, and Half Moon Young People’s Theatre. Her screenplay First Communion Day [BBC Films] was Winner of the Dennis Potter Play of the Year Award, and Some Dogs Bite [Kindle Entertainment/BBC] winner of the Audience Prize at the Nantes Film Festival. She has numerous credits on British and Irish television alongside many dramatisations for BBC Radio 4.

Creative Writing in Music: ‘Vibe and… Repeat’

Many creatives have their own stories in regards to how they got into songwriting or production, and they’ve all discovered various ways to develop themself in that said craft. This workshop introduced the exploration in which life and creativity can bring about words and emotions. In addition, participants explored mind mapping routes to capturing a ‘vibe’ and some key tips that may assist in sparking and making that next dynamic song.

DAMÉLOLA is a singer-songwriter, lyricist and producer from London. She has worked with award-winning industry talents and performed at prestigious events including Senegal Urban Women Festival, Mighty Hoopla and Cross The Tracks. Her versatile yet distinctive sound allows her freedom to express herself whilst composing unique music material.

Exploring metaphors in poetry

This workshop explored what a metaphor is and how it can enhance the storytelling within a poem. Participants created their own metaphors and developed a poem based on exploring this poetic device.

Kassandra Lauren Gordon is a spoken word artist and has created poetry videos on her YouTube channel and has performed at poetry festivals and at headlined a poetry event at Stratford Royal Theatre. Kassandra has performed on the central stage of the Wandsworth Arts Festival and the Croydon Mela festival. Kassandra has just taken part in the iDENT Festival. The iDENT Festival is a celebration of the wide breadth of the Black experience and diverse culture. It seeks to challenge stereotypes, dispel unconscious biases and stimulate conversation. The aim of the festival is to create a celebration of Black commerce, community, heritage and culture that is distinctly different from the ‘typical’ Carnival type events. Kassandra is a poetry facilitator for Writerz and Scribez http://writerznscribez.org  Kassandra is part of the ‘Home is’ poetry collective https://toluagbelusi.com/projects/

Writing Monologues

This workshop offered a fun and interactive exploration of the power of a monologue, its role and dramatic potential in theatre and radio. Participants left the workshop with some tools to develop their ideas further.

Gemma Mills McGrath writes scripts for stage and screen that explore the moral fault lines in the funny/sad/awkward realm. In 2014, her play Botticelli’s Angels was one of the three finalists in the Jack Studio Theatre’s Write Now Festival. In 2016, she was selected for a place on the Red Rock Writers Academy run by John Yorke and her trial script got her tipped for a commission on the show. In 2017, she produced her one-act play Reunions at Theatre 503 which had a sell-out run. She has an MA in Screenwriting from LCC and has co-run a writers’ workshop group over the last ten years, helping herself and other writers crack on with new work. In 2018, she completed the intensive TV writing programme The Tribe where she developed a psychological drama mini-series. She also writes short stories and poems and is currently developing monologue projects. www.gemmamillsmcgrath.co.uk