Advanced playwriting: workshop

Course Dates: 15/05/20 - 24/07/20
Time: 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Online

Dive deeper into the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work in this practical online workshop. Suitable for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This online course continues to investigate the key elements of writing for the theatre, including character, structure and dialogue to an advanced level. It is a practical online workshop in which the focus is on submitting pieces of work for constructive criticism by other participants and the tutor. Ideally you'll be working on a draft of a short-length or full-length play. In addition to workshopping, professionally produced playscripts are also examined with an eye toward learning from established writers' techniques.

Students like: "the group dyanamic"; "learning dramaturgical skills to add to my writing craft"; "really excellent teaching"; "great mix of exercises, workshopping, and reading.".

What will we cover?

This online course examines every aspect of writing for the stage, from the initial spark to the completed first draft of a play, through critical analysis of student work. Topics that may arise from student work include premise and theme, character, motivation, dramatic structure and the construction of individual scenes. Student work will be read, discussed and critiqued in a supportive online atmosphere, and additional issues of craft will be investigated in detail when they arise in relation to a particular piece. In addition to workshopping, professionally produced playscripts are also examined with an eye toward learning from established writers' techniques.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Demonstrate a fuller awareness of the playwriting process
- Produce a new draft of your play
- Exhibit increased mastery of dramaturgical and writing skills in your own work
- Exercise a critical insight into the playwriting process and in analysing plays either in performance or in print.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a continuation of 'Developing your playwriting' and 'Advanced playwriting.' Returning students may have completed several previous terms of study. However, new students are very welcome to join if they have some previous writing experience and a keen interest in the theatre through reading plays and seeing productions. You should be able to access and comfortably use a computer that has an internet connection, working microphone and a webcam (optional).

Students need to have a good standard of written and spoken English and should be willing to join in group discussions and feedback sessions, and to share their work with the group.

If you have prior or current experience working in theatre but have never written a play or taken a playwriting course, we recommend that you enrol on Ways into playwriting before progressing to the intermediate or advanced level.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

- Lectures/seminars/discussions on components and aspects of dramatic writing
- Writing exercises and dramaturgical sessions
- Live in-session readings of students’ work followed by feedback and analysis
- Analysis of written dramatic work.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Set texts might be advised but do not necessarily need to be purchased. You should be prepared to provide an electronic copy of the scenes you have written at home when it is your turn to have your work read out during the live session.

You will need access to a computer with an internet connection, working microphone, and webcam (optional). Please come prepared with a pen and paper. If you struggle to read printed text on a screen, you may also need access to a printer to make hard copies of any reading assignments, however these will be very short and limited in number.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

The course is an ongoing workshop so you may enrol several times.

All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

A wonderful teacher; a terrific course.
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Review by J. / (Posted on 27/03/2020)
You will learn so much about playwriting and find a friendly and supportive group of people and a teacher who will drive you to be the best playwright you can be.
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Review by J. / (Posted on 08/12/2019)
Take it, but be aware it is a big group
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 22/06/2019)
I would encourage them
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 29/03/2019)
Great course for those with a full first draft or a clear emerging draft to work on. Great for getting the creative juices flowing.
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Review by Anna / (Posted on 27/03/2019)
An excellent course which teaches you the craft of playwriting in an interesting and imaginative way
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Review by Tamara / (Posted on 22/03/2019)
Go on this course if you want to improve your craft. You will get constructive feedback and positive encouragement.
The lessons are structured and inspiring.
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Review by Laura G / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Advanced Playwriting is an engaging and informative course, which covers all aspects of Playwriting whilst helping to hone your skills as a writer. Expect to work on redrafts and to receive excellent feedback from your classmates and the teacher.
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Review by Emma / (Posted on 18/03/2019)
Yes I would recommend this course
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 17/03/2019)
It is well worth doing.
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Review by Jacquie / (Posted on 12/03/2019)
Take the course. You will gain much excellent knowledge.
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Review by Abu Youssef / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
Make sure she was serious about writing a play ultimately for professional production.
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
Go. You will learn how to craft drama that will hit the back of an audiences minds - the invisible art of story telling. A skeleton for your fine flesh of dialogue.
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Review by Jan Woolf / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
It is an excellent course, I highly recommend it.
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Review by Seeb / (Posted on 01/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Brian Mullin

Brian Mullin is a playwright and dramaturg. He co-founded Babakas Theatre and co-created ‘Our Fathers’, a devised show that toured the UK and other countries in 2014. His play ‘We Wait in Joyful Hope’ premiered at Theatre 503 in May 2016. He also teaches writing at St Mary's University and on the National Theatre's New Views programme.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HW395

Started Fri, day, 15 May - 24 Jul '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £309.00
Senior fee: £309.00
Concession: £124.00

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