Screenwriting & Playwriting - Online Courses

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. Joke writing

    Joke writing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Uncover the workings of the classic one-liner, practise joke writing and find out what makes a good joke. Learn how to refine and develop your own writing skills for stand up, comedy writing and pleasure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  2. Television screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write for an ongoing TV drama or pitch your own idea for a television series one day? Start your screenwriting journey on this practical short course. Examine the structure of an episodic television drama and explore approaches to the genre in a fun and supportive environment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  3. Playwriting: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 29 Mar 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Give playwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  4. Screenwriting: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Give screenwriting a try in this fun and supportive one-off taster session. Ideal if you want to unlock your imagination and express yourself, but need a bit of encouragement to get started. This course will be delivered online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  5. Ways into screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  6. Ways into playwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory online course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  7. Narrative comedy: writing for TV in the online age

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Award-winning shows like Fleabag, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and People Just Do Nothing have changed the face of comedy. Add streaming services – where This Country began – and the opportunities to develop narrative comedy are multitude. This course led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, explains how to identify your outlets and modify your projects accordingly.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £28.00

  8. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  9. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  10. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in this introductory course. Get to grips with dialogue, character, story and structure, and start work on your own play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £80.00

  11. Television screenwriting

    Television screenwriting

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to write a drama script for television? What do you write and where do you start? Through exercises and examples this course will assist you in developing your own projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  12. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: 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. This course is designed for experienced playwrights who have work in-progress.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £88.00

  13. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  14. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: 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. This workshop is for experienced playwrights with ongoing projects.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £309.00
    Senior fee: £309.00
    Concession: £124.00

  15. Writing the queer play

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online


    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £40.00

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