Playwriting: Mentoring Project for new and emerging playwrights
Tutor: Kaite O’Reilly
Dec 7 – 9, 2012 and April 12 – 14, 2013 (2 weekends)
This unusual course offers aspiring writers for live performance the rare opportunity of developing a new short play (20 minutes maximum) with guidance, tuition and dramaturgical feedback over a 4 month period by award winning writer, Kaite O’Reilly. It is designed for those who are new to the medium but serious about their writing, who wish to develop their skills as a dramatist in a supportive but professional environment. The focus will be on process – storylining, creating characters, plot, and dramatic tension, and developing the dramaturgical skills required to structure, shape, revise and so complete a short script.
The project will begin at a residential weekend course in December where successful applicants will develop their idea for a new play with Kaite over a series of workshops, masterclasses, and one-to-one ‘tutorials’. The content, form, and particular demands of the short or one act play will be considered, with additional material about tackling a longer, full length script, if desired. A reading list of selected short plays will be made available before the first weekend, and writers will be encouraged to consider the style and content of their proposed work in advance.
Participants will be expected to arrive with one or several ideas for their short play, which will be developed over the first weekend, with practical exercises on finding the story from a series of starting places, including from character, situation, site, and theme. Further practical workshops will focus on dramatic structure – creating consequential action, conflict, and complex, motivational characters. By the end of the first weekend, participants will have written a series of short monologues and duologues, and will have a clear idea of possible starting point, plot and character.
The participants will then commit to delivering a first draft of their script to Kaite 2 months after this initial weekend. They will receive an in-depth reader’s report on the script by Kaite, with feedback on plot, structure, pace, character, style and theme, etc, with guidance on further development. Participants will then revise the scripts over a further 1½ months and resubmit them prior to the final short residency in Spring. The content of this intense workshop weekend will be structured around the submitted second drafts, responding directly to the emerging writers’ needs, offering tailor-made workshops and exercises to strengthen the scripts and the skills of the writers further.
Owing to the unique form of this course and the individual attention that will be given, there will only be 8 participants. If you wish to apply please send your booking form with a short writing history.
For more information, booking forms fees, etc. contact Tŷ Newydd:
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