Ever wondered what you get for signing up for London Playwrights membership? Or perhaps you’ve been a member for a while but you’re wondering what benefits you’ll be getting from it in the year ahead? We thought we’d share with you all of the exciting things we’ve got coming up especially for our members!
Membership costs just £3.63 per month and directly supports our work, keeping our organisation going and allowing us to continue bringing you resources such as our Weekly Round-up (which is free for everyone!). Members also get at least 20% off our Script Consulting packages and workshops, bringing you substantial savings if you want to boost your writing by attending our courses or want tailored feedback on your script. There are also plenty of resources already available to access on our members site right now including our Self-Producing Handbook and resources on submitting your work to theatres.
But what else is happening this year?
Our January playwriting challenge is complete for this year and around 200 of you wrote a play with us at the start of 2022. However, all of the #WrAP2022 resources remain on our members site, meaning you can start the challenge any time. This is ideal for those wanting to kick start their writing, start a new idea, or even redraft an existing piece of work.
Learn with London Playwrights is a series of mini-podcast style seminars and downloadable handouts which cover all things playwriting. From significant plays to industry advice to key people, we’re building a compendium of writing resources. We think playwriting should be accessible to everyone so if whether you’re completely new to theatre or want to brush up on subjects learned long ago, this should be a useful resource! We’ve just added two brand new sessions on writing opening scenes and creating characters and we’ll be adding to this throughout the year.
In the Spring, you’ll see the return of Write Hacks. This is a month of playwriting prompts, exercises and tips from playwrights, dramaturgs, and industry people which will land straight in your inbox to inspire you and spur you on!
Play Club 2022
Our online book club with a twist is coming back in March! We’ll be selecting three plays from our 2021 members’ submission window for you to read and discuss in our online sessions. You’ll then be invited to write a ten minute play in response to the chosen texts for the chance to be included in a showcase later in the year.
For those who took part in #WrAP2022, we’ll be sending out redrafting resources in April so you can get those scripts polished up ready for our Summer Submission Window! Members who didn’t take part in #WrAP2022 will still be given the chance to sign up to receive these resources.
Members Submission Window
In the summer, we’ll be opening our submission window and asking members to send in their plays for us to read! From this, we’ll identify writers for our 2023 development schemes and Play Club.
Throughout the year, we’ll be busy working with writers from our 2021 submission window who made it on to our development schemes. This will culminate in a workshop week in November, where we’ll explore the work of these exciting new writers and share it with all of you!
Monthly Zoom sessions
All members are welcome to attend our monthly Zoom sessions which take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm – 8.30pm. Members can come along, share their ideas and any challenges they are facing and get tips and support from other members.
What else does your membership makes possible?
As well as supporting our organisation and running costs, your subscription fee also does some other wonderful things! Through our blog, we’re able support the work of other new writers and creatives who promote their work by sharing original content (and useful advice!) with us!.
We’re also able to create projects such as our Literary Series, our video series of interviews with Literary Managers, Dramaturgs, and New Work Associates (psst…Series 2 is in the pipeline!). And last year, we were also able to get the work of ten amazing new writers on stage at our festival (you can watch it here!).
Your support keeps our organisation going! Not only does this mean we can support you as new and emerging writers, but it also means we can create paid work for our amazing team of freelancers, which means a lot in this current climate. Did you know we employed over 50 freelancers just last year?
It’s thanks to our members that the work of London Playwrights continues so not only do you get some fantastic member benefits but you do an amazingly good deed by helping to keep us going (and we like to think we’re changing the world for playwrights, even just a little bit!).
Not a member yet? Sign up here for just £3.63