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Writing workshops

I have been delivering writing workshops for over two years and have previously taught at Italia Conti, Queens College and most recently The Academy of Performance Training in Guildford. These bespoke workshops offer a detailed insight into different writing techniques, from creating characters and dialogue, to writing for a brief and how to promote and manage your work. 


Due to the current situation with Covid-19 I am offering FREE taster sessions, 40 minutes of tutoring on your preferred topic.


For more information please email: laurashoebottom@btinternet.com

Writing for a brief

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Explore the many ways writers can respond to various briefs, themes and stimuli including music, images and locations to create engaging, varied pieces of theatre.


Workshop explores:


  • Writing for a specific brief (i.e cast size/gender/ages, different themes)
  • Writing for a broad brief (i.e a general theme which must be individually interpreted
  • Using music as a stimuli (listening to  the same song and responding individually by writing a short standalone piece)
  • Writing a short piece in response to a longer play.


the business of writing

From social media marketing, to writing a great email to agents, venues and directors. Keeping a solid database and applying for competitions, this workshop will teach you how to promote and manage your work.


Workshop explores:

  • Databasing
  • Writing to literary agents
  • Writing to theatres
  • Applying to competitions
  • Marketing on social media
  • Networking
  • Building a website
  • Maintaining business relationships

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creating characters and dialogue

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Create a detailed character background, objectives and obstacles. Explore given circumstances and learn how to implement them in a monologue or scene.


Workshop explores:


Building a character: Who are they? Age, occupation, goals, desires, ect.

Objectives: What do they want and why?

Obstacles: What will happen if they don't get it?

Given circumstances: Where are they? When are they? Why are they there? What are they doing/going to do?

PRODUCING A SHOW

There's a lot that goes into producing a show. From budgets to spreadsheets, invites to insurance, learn how to effectively produce and market your show.


Workshop explores:


  • Contacting venues
  • Spreadsheets
  • Budgeting
  • Applying for insurance
  • Inviting reviewers/agents/comapnies
  • Reviewing contracts


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