Screenwriting & Playwriting Courses & Classes in London and Online

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  1. Jump start your play

    Jump start your play

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 5 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you got a script idea but not yet put pen to paper? Or a script you started long ago but never finished? This intensive one-day course is like a dramaturgy bootcamp. You’ll inject some new energy into your idea – and get a headstart at writing it. A perfect motivator to finally fulfill those playwriting resolutions, suitable only for those with playwriting experience.

    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. Playwriting: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  3. Developing your screenwriting

    Developing your screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  4. Advanced playwriting

    Advanced playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  5. Ways into screenwriting

    Ways into screenwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 4 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £84.00

  6. Developing your playwriting

    Developing your playwriting

    Course Date: Thu 14 Jan 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

  7. Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Advanced playwriting: workshop

    Course Date: Fri 15 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  8. Ways into screenwriting: a taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 16 Jan 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 this short online 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

  9. Reading for writers: great plays (a fortnightly course)

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 20 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Imitation is more than just a form of flattery - it's a tool to discover your own writing craft! Delve into a series of famous playscripts, appreciating their mechanics and the unique approaches they use to represent the world. Then apply the insights gained to your own writing through in-class exercises.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  10. Writing a romantic comedy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Romantic comedies have been warming the hearts of cinema-goers for years. In this fun short course you'll learn the conventions of the genre and how to write a script that combines love and laughter to great effect. Suitable for those with some experience of creative writing.

    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

  11. 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

  12. Ways into playwriting

    Ways into playwriting

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    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

  13. 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

  14. Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Pitching your screenplay treatment

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    You've worked hard on a screenplay but how do you sell it? This short intensive course, led by an Emmy award-winning Producer, identifies tools you can select to create a compelling Pitch Treatment. Please note: this course will have a 2-hr break from 12:30-14:30.

    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

  15. Screenwriting: a taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    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

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