The Self Producing Handbook: Now live!

Our next fantastic resource for LPW members is  now available!

The Self-Producing Handbook

(e-book, available for download from our members’ site).

One of our core values is to empower emerging writers – to write, to find opportunities, and to get their work seen.  We know how hard the submissions process can be: sending your work to theatres can feel like firing out emails into the abyss, and when you finally get that long awaited response, it’s more often than not a rejection. We’re not suggesting for one second that you give up on this process, after all, many writers do find success this way (and you’ve got to be in it to win it, right?), however, we also think there are other ways to find playwriting success which are well worth exploring – such as producing your work yourself.

It might seem daunting to suddenly declare yourself a theatre producer if you have no experience in actually doing any producing but we’re here to tell you that it totally can be done! We know, because all of us on the LPW team have been there and done it – and we all definitely consider ourselves as playwrights before producers! With this in mind, we wanted our next members’ resource to inspire, guide and empower you to produce your own work.

The Self-Producing Handbook

The downloadable handbook will take you through the process of producing your own show, from deciding what kind of project to start with (whether it be a scratch night or longer run), to figuring out budgets and fundraising, to marketing your show and getting people to come and see it.

It’s jam-packed with top tips, guidance and room to make your own lists and notes. We’ve designed it to support you from start to finish in your own producing project – and to help make every aspect of it manageable and accessible (we won’t say easy, because we’ll admit that self-producing does take a lot of hard work!)

How to get it

The handbook is available for our members to NOW. Simply login, head to the resources menu, where you’ll find the link to download it.

If you’re not a member yet, you can sign up for less than £4 and get access to this and many other exclusive resources (including online writing courses, script consulting discounts and more) – and by doing so, you’ll be helping us to continue our work to support emerging playwrights.

Read more about becoming a member here. 


2 thoughts on “The Self Producing Handbook: Now live!”

  1. Hi, I’d love a copy of the self-producing hand book but am not based in London (I’m in Edinburgh) and won’t be able to make use of most of what you offer for membership so am loathe to pay a monthly fee for something I can’t use. is there another way I can access it? Make a one-off payment? Does it deal with self-producing broadly or is it based on info for Londoners (I am a Londoner but just don’t live there).

    1. Kimberley Andrews

      HI Rachael,

      Thanks for your interest in the Self-Producing Handbook, it does deal broadly with self-producing (although there are a couple of lists that are London specific such a list of new writing theatres, and London based agencies – but that is just a few pages out of 99!), so it would be useful for someone outside of London, particularly if you’re in an area with plenty of theatre going on! It’s difficult for us to put a price on the book since the plan was to create it for our members. However, most of the member resources are online and as a result we have members from all over the world (the only thing you would not benefit from is the discount on in person workshops or member meetups, unless you were willing to travel, which I appreciate would be too far). You also wouldn’t be tied in to any subscription contract, so if you did decide to sign up and then didn’t find it valuable, you wouldn’t be under any obligation to continue with your membership. I hope that helps.


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