Ways into playwriting: a taster

Course Dates: 18/09/21
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £28.00

Course Code: HW574

Sat, day, 18 Sep - 18 Sep '21

Duration: 1 session

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

Playwriting is an ideal way to explore themes, events, and characters, and to re-ignite our imaginations. In this short, one-off taster session you'll have fun and express yourself through guided writing exercises, and try out your skills to produce some original writing.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Some basic playwriting principles
Writing exercises to help you to discover ideas and characters for a play
Where to find further resources.

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

- Discuss a scene from a play with confidence
- Produce an original piece of creative writing
- Find resources to help you develop your writing further.

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

This is an introductory course suitable for anyone who wants to try playwriting. You should have a good grasp of spoken and written English, and you should feel comfortable learning online.

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

- Interactive tutor presentation
- Guided writing exercises
- Group discussion

This course will be delivered online. There will be no work outside class.

City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.

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

No additional costs.

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

You can enrol on one of our longer playwriting course Ways into Playwriting. Or why not try one of our other introductory creative writing courses, such as Ways into Creative Writing: a Gentle Pace, Ways into Creative Writing, or Ways into Poetry?

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.

Clare Bayley

Clare Bayley’s plays include After The Peace (longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2019), Family Trees (readings at Bolton Octagon 2019 and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), The Enchantment (National Theatre, London 2007) and The Container (Fringe First and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2007, productions in - Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Toronto, Melbourne, Rome, Baltimore and Raleigh North Carolina). Clare won third prize in the Asham Short Story Award for Antonio’s Dream, which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She also writes for radio (In The Van, The Secret Place, Portobello Beach). Clare runs the Oxford Playhouse writers’ scheme, Playhouse Playmakers. She is currently Visitor in the Arts at University College, Oxford. She is co-author with Fraser Grace of Playwriting: A Writer’s and Artist’s Companion (Bloomsbury 2015) and teaches Playwriting and Creative Writing at New York University in London, and mentors students at Central School of Speech and Drama. She is a fellow of the HEA and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She has written for The Independent, The Guardian, Time Out and is former Theatre Editor of The Independent.

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.