One of the biggest challenges for new and emerging writers is without a doubt, structure (that and making a living from writing, but that’s one for another day!). Even more established writers have to grapple with getting their structure right. How do you know you’re building up the tension in the right way? How can you be sure you are telling the most interesting version of events? How can you tell if you’re on the right track with putting your story together?
Structure sometimes seems like an unfathomable challenge but if we can crack it, we can use it as a powerful writing tool. Getting to grips with structure means we can take the audience on a powerful, dramatic journey – and convey our ideas as writers in the clearest possible way.
With this in mind we’ll be launching an online course which will allow you to explore and master dramatic structure. This is not about learning to write to a ‘formula’, it’s about developing an in depth knowledge of how building a story works, and how that transfers to the pages of stage play.
How the course works: the course is made up of videos, downloadable worksheets, and exercises designed to get you to go deep in to the principles of structure and learn how to use them your advantage as a writer. There are 8 sessions in the course which will be released on alternate weeks, giving you plenty of time to fully explore the materials – each session will also include and extension exercise, which you can explore if you have more time. Participants are invited to discuss the course in the members Facebook group, where members of the LPW team will be on hand to offer their insights and answer your questions.
Who’s it for: everyone! Whether it’s your first play or you’ve been writing for a while, you’ll find this course useful; use it alongside your current writing project or just get stuck in with mastering structure ahead of your next play.
Dates: The first session is released on Thursday 7 May 2020, and sessions will then be released on alternate Thursdays. The materials will remain live on the members site to pick up whenever you like.
How to take part: members can visit the courses area of the members site on or after 7 May, to access the first session (we’ll send out an email reminder before then!), if you’re not a member yet, you can join for less than £4 and you’ll be helping to support the next generation of playwrights if you do! Find out more here.
If you have any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: not applicable
8 thoughts on “LPW Online Course: Mastering Dramatic Structure”
What time is the session released today please? Can we access anytime?
Hi, sorry just saw this. It was released first thing last Thursday so you can access it any time and it will stay live indefinitely.
Still trying to access 2nd part. What’s the secret?
Sorry about this, can you let me know what you’re seeing when you try to access it? It’s been live since last week so if you let me know I will look into it for you.
Hi I’m a member and have signed up for this. Any links just take me to this page. Please could you send me a link to the actual material
Claire Marie Perry
Sorry this hasn’t been straightforward. This way should work:
go to http://www.londonplaywrights.org and login
Click on the drop down resources menu
Click on Online Courses
You should find the course there.
If you can’t find it please let me know and I will look into it further and/or send you the materials directly.
I’m a member and going aroun in circles. I logged in but cannot find online courses?
Sorry about this! You can find it here:
Click Resources drop down menu
Click Online Courses
And you should find it there! Any problems let me know.