FULL! Absolute Beginners Playwriting: Page to Table Read (8 weeks) | 13th January – 3rd March 2021, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Starting on Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 7.00 - 9.00pm, for 8 weeks run by writer and publicist Laura Horton


Starting on Wednesday 13th January 2021 at 7.00 – 9.00pm, for 8 weeks run by writer and publicist Laura Horton

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Absolute Beginners Playwriting: Page to Table Read!

This 8-week practical course will be an introduction for new writers to the world of playwriting and how to craft a short play. The course will cover the key elements of playwriting looking at: generating ideas and researching plays; characterisation; structuring plays and scenes; dialogue; redrafting and editing and will end with performances of the short plays that will be written on the course (no more than 5-10 minutes).

Each session will be 2 hours. Laura will suggest exercises and further resources for you to build on the sessions. In week 8 we’ll be joined by actors who will read the short plays written on the course. This is a rare chance to hear writing out loud and to get a sense of the page to stage transition that’s at the heart of all playwriting.

Workshop overview:

  • Session 1: An introduction. Looking at a selection of short plays and hearing them out loud.
  • Session 2: generating ideas
  • Session 3: building characters
  • Session 4: structuring short plays and scenes
  • Session 5: dialogue
  • Session 6: redrafting and editing
  • Session 7: sharing and how to feedback
  • Session 8: actors perform extracts

About Laura Horton

Laura is a writer, publicist and the new Plymouth Laureate of Words 2021-2022.

Plays include: Giddy Tuppy, The Space; Bloody Men, Arcola Theatre as part of Miniaturists; A Summer of Birds, Plymouth Fringe; This I Believe, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Exeter Phoenix as part of Astor100. Her play Hidden by Things will be re-staged for a reading as part of Morgan and Abi’s Power Share. Laura ran Write Away, a ten-week course for new playwrights for two years, producing productions of the plays at White Bear and Teahouse Theatre. She has completed Soho Writer’s Lab, London Playwriting Lab and Morley College. Laura is currently running a creative campaign, Theatre Stories, to amplify un-heard voices. She has written journalistically for The Guardian, The i and Huffington Post. As a publicist she has worked for theatres including: National Theatre; Edinburgh Festival; The Yard.

The course is online via Zoom, the link and password will be sent to you before the course begins.  Let us know if you have any questions. 

Additional Information


Wednesday 13th January (7.00-9.00pm)