Residential Playwriting Course with Simon Stephens



22-29 MARCH 2020

The Priory, Pressigny, France

“Join us in the heart of the French countryside with two leading British playwrights”.

‘Write. Read. Write again. Read again. Think. Write again. Read more. Write more. Never stop reading. Never stop writing. Never stop thinking. Success comes from work. There is no such thing as talent.’

Simon Stephens

Following the great success of award winning playwright Simon Stephens’ 2018 workshop in Seville, a seven day retreat in France is now being organised for 2020. Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, Port, Curious Incident of a Dog), and Ella Hickson (Eight, The Writer, Anna), will be teaching over three days. You will stay on for an extra three days to write, read, write more, discuss. There will be morning writing exercises, shared readings,  cinema evenings. Be inspired. 

Single occupancy in sumptuous rooms for a maximum of ten participant playwrights ; breakfast with fresh ingredients ; delicious lunches and dinners with wine (plus an honesty bar) ; hot drinks and snacks throughout the day, roaring log fires in the evenings. All within a fourteenth century setting to keep the dramatic juices flowing. No cooking, no washing up.. 

Arrive Sunday 22th March, depart Sunday 29th. (Simon & Ella depart 26th) Transfers to and from Poitiers airport. 

Banish the winter blues and polish your writing tools in preparation for the year ahead. 

How to book: For further details such as travel, price, accommodation etc., please contact Jayne Morley on 

Deadline: none posted

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