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Have you got a good idea for play but don’t know where to begin? Through our Introduction to Playwriting short course, you will be equipped with the skills for producing a script for a play.
Led by a professional playwright at City, University of London this 10 week playwriting evening classes offers high quality teaching and experience that allows you to work and study at the same time.
Studying at City is an investment in the future – you will experience teaching from an award winning writer who will help you discover your true writing potential.
If you're wondering how to write a play but don't know where to start then this short course is the perfect opportunity for you.
Each week of the playwriting short course, students will explore a different aspect of writing for the stage.
Students will complete the playwriting course with a better understanding of how to develop compelling characters, dialogue, and scene structure.
For students that wish to pursue playwriting beyond the course – they will come away with a clear idea of a broad range of playwriting opportunities available to them year-round.
Over this ten week playwriting course, you will explore the core features of playwriting, including dramatic action, scene structure, plot, characterization, the creation of dramatic worlds, dialogue, creativity and inspiration (where to find it?!)
You will engage with a wide range of writing projects and exercises that will expand our understanding of writing for the stage.
We will look at a breadth of contemporary play texts to get to grips with the variety of work being produced in the U.K. today.
As a class, we will think about how these playwrights implement diverse tactics to build compelling worlds and characters.
We will consider:
Students will be encouraged to work in groups and discuss and explore the plays they have opted to read. We will also discuss the plays as a class.
You will be encouraged to pursue the writing style that speaks to you, whether that be experimental or on the more conventional end of the spectrum. You will share your writing in class. Constructive feedback will be offered throughout the class.
You will look at a variety of film scenes (primarily films based upon plays) and discuss the writer’s use of characterization/dialogue.
We will think about the elements that the writer uses to make these characters and their relationships engaging. We will also think about how the writer uses location and time of day/night to activate tension between characters.
You will learn about a wide variety of emerging playwriting schemes to get involved with:
Informal assessment will be used to monitor the level of understanding of students throughout the course.
While we encourage you to read the books on the reading list the playwriting course, we recommend that you speak to the tutor before investing in the purchase of any essential text
Orion O's plays have been shown at Battersea Arts Centre, The Roundhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, and Voyage Theatre Company. They graduated from The Royal Court Theatre’s Writers Programme and are the recipient of the Robert Rockwell Prize for Dramatic Writing. Orion is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in playwriting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, at which they were awarded the Embassy Scholarship. Orion has lived in New York City for the past six years working as literary associate to New York Theatre Workshop. Their work in New York included the opportunity to be a part of the development team for critically acclaimed new plays, such as, ‘Red Speedo’ by Lucas Hnath, ‘Fondly, Collete Richland’ by Sibyll Kempson, ‘Hadestown’ by Anais Mitchell, and ‘Lazarus’ by David Bowie and Enda Walsh.
Aside from writing, Orion is a performance artist and LGBTQIA+ activist, with a focus on furthering the rights of transgender and non-binary people. They perform across the U.K. under the name Creature Cramps.
You can follow Orion and their advocacy work on Instagram: @creaturecramps