LPW Play Development Workshop – Summer 2016

Looking for a supportive, rigorous environment to develop your new play?

LPW’s summer Play Development Workshop is a seven-week course that will support writers in developing a play project, providing supportive critique in a weekly group setting.

Workshop structure

Each week, the participants will bring in a selection of writing of up to five pages to share with the group.  The work will be read aloud and discussed, with feedback offered by the group and Workshop Leader to help develop the piece.

The sessions will be tailored to the participants, and writers will have the freedom to choose what they bring in to class.  While the occasional in-class writing exercise may be offered (time allowing) or specific writing prompts may be given to individual writers to develop their work, this will all centre around the development of the core creative idea.

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is for intermediate and advanced level writers.  A basic knowledge of playwriting (including dialogue and characterization) is presumed.

The Play Development Workshop is targeted at writers with an idea for a full-length play they want to develop over a series of weeks.  Writers will have weekly deadlines to spur them to write, but a self-motivated approach to writing is presumed.

This workshop is not appropriate for people new to playwriting, or those who prefer an exercise-led approach to their work.

How to apply

Writers are asked to submit:

  1. A 3-5 page writing sample
  2. Our short application form (click below to download)

Please email both documents to

Please note that places may be filled as applications are received, so it’s best to apply early if you want to ensure the best chance of getting a place on the course.

When and where

When:  Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm on 2 June – 21 July 2016* 

(*Please note there is no class on 7 July, and the second class will take place on a Wednesday rather than a Thursday)

To clarify, the sessions will occur on the following dates:

  • Thursday 2 June
  • Wednesday 8 June
  • Thursday 16 June
  • Thursday 23 June
  • Thursday 30 June
  • *No class this week*
  • Thursday 14 July
  • Thursday 21 July

Where:  RADA Studios – 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX (nearest tubes: Goodge Street, Euston Square, Warren Street)

Cost: £145  (payable by Paypal following acceptance on the course)

About the Workshop Leader

A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter and songwriter.  She is a Playwriting Tutor on the MA Text & Performance at RADA, where she previously served as Head of Academic Studies.  She has won awards for her writing from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Soho Theatre, and has also been shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards and the Perfect Pitch Award as a lyricist/librettist for musical theatre.  Her writing has been performed at the Soho Theatre, HighTide, RADA, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, and Pleasance Theatre, among others. She has worked at First Born Films as Development Executive, working on new feature film projects, and has worked as a writer/dramaturg with physical theatre & dance projects with Theatre Re and Jorge Crecis. She is Co-Founder & Director of London Playwrights’ Blog. www.ac-smith.com.

Photo credit: Susan Sermoneta via Flickr Commons CC Licence

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4 thoughts on “LPW Play Development Workshop – Summer 2016”

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  2. Wilson patrick

    This is beautiful and motivating would have loved to participate but I am far from the workshop venue…

    1. Hi B – Sorry you can’t join us! We do try to offer things at a range of hours, and this is targeting people who work evenings. We may offer something similar in an evening slot in the future, so keep an eye out for our Autumn courses!

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