Introductory Writers' Groups

Applications for the Introduction to Playwriting groups are currently closed. The information below is reproduced for information about the groups.

Information about 2019 applications will be available soon and this page of the website will be updated accordingly. Once applications open, the information will also be shared via our newsletter (please find the sign-up link at the bottom of this page) and on social media.

The intention of the introductory group is to primarily provide demystified access to the basics of theatre-making.  Participants are encouraged to think about theatre in its three-dimensional reality, guided by the particular passions of the writer leading the group.  Writers who have not already written extensively for live performance can apply to be part of this group as we assign places based on potential.  Application is through a short extract of written work.

The groups are a friendly and supportive environment where playwrights at an early stage of their career can explore the possibilities of writing for live performance. The groups are facilitated by playwrights we are currently working with and excited by. At the end of the group, group members get to submit a play they have worked on over the course of the group and receive detailed feedback on it. It’s perfect if you’ve got an interest in writing for the stage but little experience – none at all is necessary.  All you need to have is an interest in writing and the thirst to write a play.

From these applications, we will run three groups – one starting mid-July, one starting at the end of September, and another starting mid-January. If you could only attend a particular intake, you can tell us about this on the form. Each group runs for eight weeks with each session lasting 2 hours and generally starting at either 6.30pm or 7pm, depending on the availability of the lead playwrights.  They generally take place on a Monday or Tuesday evening (again, this is not yet confirmed) and take place here at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square. There is no fee to take part and no age limit. We are generally able to help writers from outside of London with their travel costs to the city.

How we store your data
All details related to your application are stored securely on our server and will not be shared with third parties. All unsuccessful application forms and samples are deleted within three months of receipt. If your application is successful, we will send you further details on how we will store your data. Equal opportunities monitoring details may be provided in an anonymised form to our funders.