Playwriting: an introduction

Course Dates: 28/07/19
Time: 10:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Dawn King

Have you ever wanted to write a play? Spend a day working on character and dialogue, learn how to tell a story in a dramatic and powerful way, and find out if playwriting is for you.


What is the course about?

This one-day course will introduce you to some of the key elements of playwriting.

The Tutor: Dawn King is an award-winning writer working in theatre, film, TV and radio. Her most recent stage play was a major adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s classic science fiction novel Brave New World. Dawn's awards include the Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award 2013, the Papatango New Writing Competition 2011 and Most Promising Playwright, Off West End awards 2012. She is currently working on numerous projects including a commission from the National Theatre, a screenplay for Cowboy Films, and a VR Project for the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio.

City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.

What will we cover?

What makes a story dramatic, creating characters; writing dialogue.

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

- Assess a story for its dramatic possibilities
- Invent dramatic characters
- Produce dialogue
- Decide whether you want to write in dramatic form.

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

This is a taster - an introduction – to dramatic writing.

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

Through tutor input, in class writing, and group discussion.

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.

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

Paper and pens only.

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

Explore the fundamental techniques of writing for the stage in greater detail on City Lit's term-long 'Playwriting: stage 1' courses.

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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Tutor Biographies
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Course Code: HW237

Full Sun, day, 28 Jul - 28 Jul '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £24.00

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