Script / play writing intensive
15th - 17th March 2019
Come and spend a weekend with me at the gorgeous Wentworth Castle (South Yorkshire) organised by NAWG this is offered as a residential or non-residential course:
Residential: all workshops + two nights accommodation + meals.
Non-residential: all workshops + meals. Costs: £105
Places are very limited so book early HERE
Workshop One: Creating Characters
Before thinking about plot think about character. In this workshop writers will be introduced to a number of approaches to inventing and exploring characters. It’s important to get to know your characters before you begin explore plot. This workshop will focus on sketching and interrogating outline characters and creating believable distinctive language and personalities.
Workshop Two: Storytelling Through Structure
Structure can be used to dramatic effect creating suspend, twists and sudden reveals. Time frames can shift and endings can also be beginnings. The key to understanding the effects of structure is by understanding how an audience is experiencing the action of the play for the first time as a linear experience. In this workshop we will look at examples of inventive structures and try putting together a few of our own.
Workshop Three: The Internal Workings Of The Scene
The correct ‘unit’ of a play is the scene. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole. Think of the scene as a mini play in itself. The job of the playwright is to pen dynamic, well-structured scenes with dramatic engines that operate on a different level to that driving the main plot line. In this workshop we will look at some great examples of well-rounded scenes.
Workshop Four: Tickling The Ears
It’s very hard listening to people talking for an extended length of time, so the playwright has to be really savvy about tickling the audience’s ears. In this workshop we will look at the musicality of good script writing. How verbal colours, phrasing, gears and tempo changes keep an audience engaged.
All the workshops are lively and interactive. There will be lots of examples of excellent writing for stage and screen, and plenty of exercises and opportunities to write in the sessions.
"Now I'm excited. Now I know what I want to do..." (participant Wentworth writing workshop 2013)
"...really inspiring...you changed the way I think about my writing and opened up a lot of new possibilities..." (participant Wentworth writing workshop 2013)
"This was a life changing event. It was such a fantastic few days and I learnt so much. It was such a supportive, safe environment in which to work - a rarity in a creative space these days. I've done so little writing myself as I just haven't had the courage to get cracking, but now I feel inspired..."
(participant: Writing For Change)
"...a generous and really inspiring teacher... her insights, approaches and exercises were not only fun and engaging, but really helped to focus my writing and demystify the writing process..."
(participant Write Now)