Writing for stage and screen

Discover the key elements of dramatic writing for television, cinema and the stage. Explore character and conflict, story and structure, and receive feedback on your work as you progress from first idea to finished script. All our writing courses are taught by practicing writers.

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  1. Playwriting: an introduction

    Playwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 29 Jul 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come with an idea for a play you're working on or hope to write, and spend the day exploring, testing and stretching that idea through exercises that you can then apply to new work in the future.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Writing a summer blockbuster

    Writing a summer blockbuster

    Course Date: Sat 4 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you an aspiring filmmaker with a great idea for a blockbuster screenplay? You'll learn how to write universal stories with big themes. Looking at a selection of big summer blockbusters, from Jaws to Star Wars, we'll explore how tight plotting, exciting action sequences, and memorable characters all work together to bring your favourite films to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Writing for podcasts

    Writing for podcasts

    Course Date: Thu 9 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Podcasts are growing rapidly in popularity, and more and more people are making their own, both at home and at work. Find out more about all the different kinds of writing involved in producing a podcast, hone your own skills and, with support from your tutor, develop your own ideas for audio.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

  4. Screenwriting for feature film

    Screenwriting for feature film

    Course Date: Mon 13 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Got an idea for a feature film but not sure what to do with it? Learn the basics of screenwriting craft and work toward developing a feature-length film of your own on this creative and supportive course.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Screenwriting: an introduction

    Screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sun 19 Aug 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? This nuts and bolts workshop covers the basics of scriptwriting, designed to help you shape up your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work in this advanced course. New students with extensive playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  7. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Course Date: Mon 24 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to write for the screen on this practical, introductory course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  8. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018 (and 5 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Review the key elements of writing for the theatre, gain fresh critical insight into your own writing, and produce a new draft of your work. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Wed 26 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the key elements of dramatic writing, and benefit from supportive and detailed feedback on your own work. New students with some playwriting experience are welcome to join.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Advanced screenwriting

    Advanced screenwriting

    Course Date: Thu 27 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue to explore the secrets of successful screenplays and receive feedback on your draft project in this rigorous workshop. Suitable for experienced screenwriters with some years experience and a complete or near-complete draft of a screenplay.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  12. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Course Date: Fri 28 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Continue your screenwriting journey in this practical intermediate course. Writing exercises, presentations and screenings will teach you key skills, and you’ll begin to produce work and an outline for a full-length project.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  13. Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Ways into screenwriting: an introduction

    Course Date: Sat 29 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Want to write scripts but don't know how to start? Discover the basics of screenwriting - character, conflict and more - on a course that's designed to help you shape your ideas and get your story going.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  14. Comedy sketch writing

    Comedy sketch writing

    Course Date: Sun 21 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the art of creating a great comedy sketch. Study the brilliance of classic sketches and learn how to deploy their techniques in your own work.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

  15. Writing situation comedy for TV

    Writing situation comedy for TV

    Course Date: Sat 27 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the fundamental techniques for writing situation comedy for TV. Learn how to set up your own comic world, fill it with characters, and tell your story through well-crafted scenes.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £24.00

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