Librettist Workshop with Book, Music & Lyrics (fee)

Book, Music & Lyrics, the workshop programme for musical theatre writers, is now accepting applications for its 2014 Librettist Workshop group.

The workshop has three objectives. Firstly, to develop and foster craft skills specific to musical theatre for emerging practitioners. Secondly, to generate a broader, more involved collaborative community of and for those practitioners. Thirdly, to be led by a professional (rather than an academic) ethos.

The workshops will begin the week of 17 March 2014, each meeting for 32 weekly sessions during the year (16 in the spring/ summer, and 16 in the autumn). The composer/ lyricist workshops are led by Jason Carr, David Firman , Tim Sutton and Mark Warman. The librettist workshop is led by David James. Guest facilitators include Anthony Drewe, Charles Hart, Jeremy Sams, George Stiles, Sir Richard Stilgoe and Sarah Travis.

[Note:  In addition to the Librettist Workshop (which we suspect is of most interest to LPB readers), they will also run a workshop for Composers/Lyricists.]

About the Librettists Workshop:  This workshop is made up of both new and more experienced members. New participants in their first term begin by focusing on the building blocks for strong story development and the dissection of ‘classic’ musical books, followed by assignments to practice basic tenets of craft. From there, members are encouraged to initiate and develop their own projects, always beginning with a one-page pitch. Is this a good, strong idea? Has an audience (no matter how small or big) been considered? Then, the project is developed through treatment, outline, and on to a full script. All participants also work during the course of the year on two projects with the first year composers and lyricists, to build interaction and collaboration between the groups.

How to apply:  Please submit a CV and 2 scenes of up to 10 pages each in length, one of which should be comedic (this is not to mean that they have to be ‘laugh-out-loud funny’) and the other a contrast to this. Interviews may follow.  Applications can be sent to:

Fees:  Each successful candidate will be expected to commit to the entire year’s programme. The fee structure for 2013 is £160 for each 16 week term. For those in proven financial need, it is possible to apply to the BML board for a bursary.

Deadline:  31 January 2014

Source:  Book, Music & Lyrics Email

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