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 Theatre to commission a selection of short, original plays for Autumn 2024 for their Play in a Day programme.

Led by writer and lecturer Jane Pugh, participants will work up a treatment and sections of dialogue to present to the Minack directors 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 young performers.  There will be a certain number of paid commissions coming out of this process. Not all participants will have their play commissioned.


Previous feedback
“I got so many ideas over the three days! Between Jane’s excellent creative prompts, the spaces we were working in, and the insights of my peers, I think I’ve got enough interesting ideas to fuel my writing for the next decade at least.”

“Sharing work throughout with the other writers was so beneficial to my development as I love to work collaboratively. It was a great opportunity to network with other writers and also be able to share our work with external directors/writers/actors and hear their feedback on what we had created.”

When:             18, 19 and 21 June 2024     10am – 4pm (We suggest you keep 20th June free for a self-directed writing day.)

Where:            Hypatia Trust, Lower Ground Floor, The Regent, 54 Chapel St, Penzance TR18 4AE

Who:               Emerging playwrights up to a maximum of 8 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. However, there is no budget for travel and accommodation.

How to apply: 

Deadline for submissions is 5pm Wednesday 1 May 2024

For further information before applying please contact Jen McDerra, Creative Director of The Writers’ Block on [email protected]
Applicants will be advised of decisions in the week of 13th May.