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Following the successful completion of The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting project and competition, run with the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and Writers at Work Productions, The Student Guide to Writing has launched it’s next project.


This year’s project and competition will be The Student Guide to Writing: Web Series, focusing on providing access for the first time to the leading training coming out of the industry in terms of writing for online drama, and providing a platform to showcase the most talented student writers in the area.


Partners on The Student Guide to Writing: Web Series include Boundless Theatre, Writers at Work Productions, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, the new company working to improve arts education Art School, and Shelley Productions run by Philip Shelley who runs the Channel 4 screenwriting course.


Jennifer Tuckett, Director of The Student Guide to Writing series, said: “With BBC Three going online last year, it’s increasingly important writers know how to write web series and for online drama. It’s also a form which lends itself to being made by yourself and collaborators and serving as a calling card, helping writers into careers and as an example of work. We hope the project will provide access to and publish the leading training coming out of the industry on how to write for web series and online drama for the first time, as well as providing a showcase of the most talented student writers in the UK.”


The Student Guide to Writing: Web Series will launch on July 5th at London Writers’ Week, whose theme this year is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using digital media across theatre, film, television, radio and digital media.


Tickets to The Student Guide to Writing: Web Series launch event can be booked here:


There will also be a Student Guide to Writing bootcamp for writers to provide access to the leading craft and business skills coming out of the industry across theatre, film, television, radio and digital media which can be booked here:


Prior to London Writers’ Week, The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting book has now been published and contains lesson plans written by those leading the way in the playwriting industry who have never published their training before, including Rob Drummer, Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, founder of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company, Steve Winter, co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation, Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre, and others. The lesson plans can be used by teachers, students and writers to teach or learn the leading playwriting craft and business skills coming out of the theatre industry for the first time.






Notes to editors



Central Saint Martins:


Central Saint Martins is internationally renowned for the creative energy of its students, staff and graduates with an exceptional reputation for educating foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and research students in arts, design and performance. CSM’s award-winning campus at Kings Cross opens opportunities for creative collaboration and has provided an outstanding social scene for students.


Drama Centre London is one of the UK’s leading drama schools and is part of Central Saint Martins.

Alumni from Central Saint Martins and Drama Centre London include Sarah Burton, Hussein Chalayan, Jarvis Cocker, Matthew Collings, Terence Conran, James Dyson, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Gilbert and George, Antony Gormley, Tom Hardy, Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Sandy Powell, Raqib Shaw, Yinka Shonibare, Joe Wright.


CSM is part of University of the Arts London, an international centre for innovative teaching and research in arts, design, fashion, communication and the performing arts. The University is made up of six Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Art.


The MA Dramatic Writing is run by Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett alongside Masters Ola Animashawun, David Edgar, Stephen Jeffreys, Caroline Jester, Fin Kennedy, Lucy Kerbel, Kate Rowland, Philip Shelley, Nina Steiger, Steve Winter and John Yorke.


For more information, please see:



Boundless Theatre:

Boundless Theatre creates exhilarating, relevant and shareable theatre with and for young people and curious others. Their work responds to a vibrant and diverse global culture.

The company empowers, inspires and invests in future audiences and artists now and promotes conversation, collaboration and exchange across the UK, Europe and internationally.

For more information please go to:


Oberon Books:

Oberon Books is the UK’s most exciting independent publisher specialising in theatre, drama and the performing arts. With a backlist of over 1000 books including the latest modern plays and classics from some of the world’s leading dramatists and theatre makers, as well as a wide range of handsomely produced publications covering the theatre, opera, dance, biography, performance studies, monologues, practical guides and live art.


A prolific publisher with a reputation for publishing some of the most challenging, innovative and exciting drama happening right now, Oberon is going from strength to strength, publishing exciting plays at the National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court, the Finborough, Traverse, Almeida and Soho Theatres to name but a few, not forgetting Broadway and the West End. For more information please visit:


Writers at Work Productions:


Writers at Work Productions is a writers development organisation, designed to explore new ways of working with and training writers. The company is run by Jennifer Tuckett, who is also the Course Leader for the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. Past projects include London Writers’ Week, run in partnership with Guardian Masterclasses, the Writers Guild of Great Britain and the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins. For more information please see:


Shelley Productions:

Shelley Productions is run by Philip Shelley, who runs Channel 4’s screenwriting course.

As well as running the Channel 4 course, Philip works actively in the TV and film industry. As producer, he has recently had two projects in active development – a feature film, THE BASILDON BRAWL, funded by the UK Film Council, and THE WORLD OF JOE, a sit-com, funded by BBC Comedy and then Tiger Aspect.

He is now in his sixth year of running the Channel 4 screenwriting course, an initiative to identify and work with 12 writers new to television and to introduce them to Channel 4 drama. The course lasts for 6 months each year.

Writers from this course have gone onto success in the industry, working on Channel 4 shows such as COMING UP, SHAMELESS, BANANA, INDIAN SUMMERS and YOUNGERS – as well developing their own original projects with Channel 4.

He also runs his own independent screenwriting courses – CREATIVITY FOR SCRIPTWRITERS; and a 2 day weekend SCREENWRITING course with experienced screenwriter Phil Gladwin.

He has recently run a series of 2 day SCRIPT-EDITING courses around the UK for Grand Scheme Media / Creative Skillset, and works regularly with the BBC, universities and others helping to train writers.

For more information please go to:

Art School:

Art School is the new company dedicated to supporting the arts education section and arts industry to improve arts education. The company has been founded by award winning writer, producer, academic and arts campaigner Jennifer Tuckett and Australian Academy Award nominee, writer, director, producer and teacher David Evan Giles. For more information please see



For further information on The Student Guide to Writing: Web Series photos or to arrange interviews please contact Jennifer Tuckett at