Free 7 month course for Young Writers by Pentabus Theatre

If you’re aged 18-30, interested in telling or writing stories and would you like to learn how to write a short digital play to be recorded by a professional team you can join Pentabus for a free 7-month course.

What to expect 

Through a series of online evening sessions you will work with experienced writers and directors to develop a short script to be recorded by professional actors, as part of their annual Young Writers’ festival.  You will decide the subject of your play and work through different drafts with in-depth support and feedback from the group’s tutors. Explore how to construct characters, build scenes, create tension and write dialogue in a fun and safe environment.

The course will be run by professional playwrights Tom Powell (Pentabus Writer in Residence 2020) and Ant Stones (Associate Playwright for Guildford Shakespeare Company). Under their guidance – and assisted by visiting professionals – you will learn how to incorporate design, sound and music into your play.

Online sessions will take place via Zoom on Monday evenings.

No previous experience of playwrighting is necessary. This programme is aimed at young people who may not even know they’re writers yet.


Age: 18-30

Who: Pentabus is the Nation’s Rural Theatre Company and they are particularly interested in hearing from rural writers.

When: The course begins in January with the final recordings in July. 

Where: Online evenings

Cost: FREE!

To apply for a place please email them with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your location
  • A sample of your creative writing (1-10 pages).

Please note, the writing sample does not have to be a play. It could be any creative writing, a poem, a short story etc.

To apply or for more information please contact

Deadline for applications is December 31 2021

Source: BBC Writersroom

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