Emerging Playwrights Training Programme

Date: 22nd October 2019 - 24th October 2019, Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Location: The Writers’ Block

Deadline for applications 5pm 1 October.

The Writers’ Block is running a 3 day training programme for Emerging Playwrights, funded and supported by The Minack Theatre.

The outcome of the programme is for the Minack Youth Theatre to commission a selection of short, original plays for Autumn 2020.

The course takes place at The Writers’ Block, Redruth, Cornwall from 22 – 24 October 2019.

Led by writer and lecturer Jane Pugh, participants will work up a treatment and sections of dialogue to present to the Minack staff on the final day.  These free sessions will offer skills development and the time to write, develop and edit as well the chance to try out the budding scripts with performers.  There will be a certain number of paid commissions coming out of this process. Not all participants will have their play commissioned.

Each play commissioned should have a running time of approximately 15 minutes. The material must be appropriate for performance by a cast of 12-18 year olds. The cast size needs to be flexible and should provide opportunities for between 8 and 12 actors.

 “Jane has been a fantastic leader to an inspiring group of writers, it’s been as exciting as it has been rewarding.” 

“I’m still energised by this experience.”

“Jane has a tremendous amount of knowledge. She encouraged us to experiment and be creative.”

When:  October 22nd, 12 – 6pm / 23rd, 10am – 4pm / 24th, 10am – 4pm

Where:  The Writers’ Block, Cornwall College Camborne, TR15 3RD

Who: Young and emerging playwrights up to a maximum of 10 people.

What:  Why we write a story in whatever its form – in this case stage plays – underpins everything writers do. Our first mission, therefore, is to ask ourselves what we want to write about.  Next, we’ll look at narrative structure and how we craft a story for the stage.  Then we’ll explore characters and a sense of place.  Put them altogether and we will have produced something magical for the Minack.

Cost: The course is fully funded by The Minack Theatre so no cost to participants.

How to apply:  Please send in a piece of your writing (play, screenplay or short story) with a CV and covering letter as to why you would like to do this course.

Send it to [email protected] by 5pm on 1st October 2019

For further information before applying please contact Amanda Harris 07712331421 or email as above.

Applicants will be advised of decisions by 11th October.

Jane Pugh has worked as a story writer, editor and educator since 1986. She’s worked in film and television for Channel 4, BBC and the ITV network. Her films have won a total of seven awards and she script edited children’s television, long-running drama series, single dramas and serials. A qualified university lecturer, she taught script writing and understanding narrative at Falmouth University. Jane works at the National Trust bringing history to life through storytelling. She is an experienced workshop leader and is part of the Story Republic and Writers’ Block, offering mentoring to young and emerging writers across Cornwall. She has written for the stage and performs her own comedy and storytelling.



Event Details

Date: 22nd October 2019 - 24th October 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Merlin Bldg, Cornwall College
TR15 3RD
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