Is your New Year’s Resolution to write more? Kickstart your writing goals with LPW, and sign up for #WrAP!
You CAN write a play this January
What if we said you could write a play – YES a whole play – this January? Well, you can if you take part in Write a Play – or #WrAP as we’ll be calling it!
January is a time for new beginnings and new goals. Whilst taking up Badminton or signing up for ukulele lessons might make you feel accomplished, it won’t help you improve your playwriting skills – but actually doing some writing will! And we’re here to help.
Throughout the month we’ll be posting a whole host of writing prompts, exercises and resources to guide you through the process of getting your first draft on paper.
Maybe. Maybe not. It depends how dedicated you are about getting to the end of your script.
We were inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), where each November writers take on the challenge of completing the first draft of a novel.
Writers who sign up for this challenge commit to writing a whopping 50,000 words in a month.
Considering that a stage play usually runs to a maximum of 10,000 words, we have full confidence you can do this. (And even if you don’t quite get to the end of your story, you’re guaranteed to have a lot more material to work with than if you never even tried.)
And remember, ultimately you can set the goal that works for you. Sounds a bit full on with your other commitments? Don’t worry. #WrAp is all about writing as much as you can manage in January; if you finish your play, great, if you only write 20 pages, also great – that’s 20 more pages than you had at the beginning of January.
Who’s it for?
Anyone who wants to write a play.
It might be your first play, it might be your fiftieth.
You don’t need to be based in London – this will all be happening online!
All that matters is that you want to join in and challenge yourself to write your play in January.
Wow. That sounds great. It must be really expensive.
NOPE! Participation is FREE – but you have to be an LPW member.
If you want to participate in #WrAP, firstly, you’ll need to become a LPB member (read more about why here).
The good news is, that this costs around the same price per month as cup of coffee and by joining us you’ll really be helping us to support the next generation of playwrights (including you). You’ll also be getting access to some exciting member benefits.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get access to our exclusive members website and Facebook group and everything you need to take part in WrAP – more details on this below!
How does it work?
Throughout January, we’ll share regular writing prompts, exercises and online mini-workshops. These are all designed to support you in writing your play.
All the materials will be sent directly to your email inbox. (These will also posted online for easy reference if you want to look back at something that came before.)
The resources will take you chronologically through the playwriting process. We’ll kick off with looking at how to develop your idea and end with writing your final scene.
There will also be the opportunity for online discussion with fellow #WrAP writers (and us!) via our Members Facebook group, with scheduled sessions where you can ask questions or share concerns.
How do I sign up?
It’s super easy:
- Log on to our members site (if you need to join first, you can do so here).
- Go to the #WrAP Initiative page (note: you’ll need to be logged in as a member to access this).
- Sign up for the dedicated #WrAP email list.
- Check your inbox and click the confirmation link that you want to join.
Once you’re signed up, you’ll automatically receive all the emails and information when the initiative begins. (Keep your eyes peeled for a bit of inspiration that will be coming your way in late December!)
Privacy guarantee: this email will only be used for our 2018 #WrAP initiative. We don’t sell or share these, and won’t use it to send you anything you haven’t asked for.