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THE STUDENT GUIDE TO WRITING LAUNCHES WEB SERIES COMPETITION

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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: http://londonwritersweek.com/event/launch-of-the-student-guide-to-writing-web-series/

 

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: http://londonwritersweek.com/event/thestudentguidetowritingbootcamp/

 

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.

 

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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:

http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/postgraduate/ma-dramatic-writing-drama-centre-london/

 

 

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: https://boundlesstheatre.org.uk/

 

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: www.oberonbooks.com

 

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: www.writersatworkproductions.com

 

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: http://script-consultant.co.uk/

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 www.artschool.space

 

 

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

 

 


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BOOK AND SHOWCASE OF BEST STUDENT WORK FROM “THE STUDENT GUIDE TO WRITING: PLAYWRITING” COMPETITION ANNOUNCED.

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The Bush Theatre, MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, Writers at Work Productions and Oberon Books have announced the book launch and showcase of the winning student and emerging writers’ work from “The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting” competition.

 

The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition ran last year in a partnership between the afore-mentioned organisations to provide access to the leading playwriting training coming out the industry for the first time.

 

Lesson plans were written by those leading the way in playwriting industry training including lesson plans on Getting Started by Rob Drummer, at the time Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre and now Artistic Director of Boundless Theatre, Ideas by Ola Animashawun, founder of the Royal Court Theatre’s young writers programme, Structure by John Yorke, founder of the BBC Writers Academy, Dialogue by Fin Kennedy, founder of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha theatre company, Staging Your Work by writer, actress and producer Caroline Horton, and Final Advice on the business side of being a writer by Lucy Kerbel, founder of Tonic Theatre.

 

Most of the lesson plan writers had never published their methods before, making this the first project in the UK to offer access to the leading training coming out of the industry and to improve playwriting training for teachers, students and writers in this way.

 

Lesson plans, which will be published in The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting book, can be used by teachers to teach playwriting classes or by students or writers to follow on their own.

 

5 student winners were also selected as a result of the competition to have their work showcased as some of the best student and emerging writers in the UK.

 

The students’ work will also be published in The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting book as a permanent legacy from the competition.

 

The book launch and showcase of winning work will take place at the Bush Theatre on May 9th at 2pm.

 

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition and Course Leader of the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins said: “We hope the book launch and showcase of the winning work from The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition will be a final opportunity for students and aspiring writers to hear advice from the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books and other contributors to the competition, and for us to celebrate the book which will provide a permanent legacy to the project and will publish the lesson plans so teachers, students and writers can continue to use them, as well as for us to showcase the winners work, who are some of the best student and emerging writers in the UK today. If writing is about reflecting on who we were, who we are and who we can be, it’s important to make playwriting accessible. For too long, it’s been difficult to know what is being taught in the industry as industry writing training programmes have tended not publish their work. We are delighted to be providing access for the first time to this training with the Bush Theatre and Oberon Books – the lesson plans cover the craft side of how to write a play and the business side of how to be a playwright, hopefully making it clear and accessible for anyone to feel that they can be playwright. Teachers can also use the lesson plans to teach playwriting and help their students build up a play. With so many university courses emerging in recent years, it is also an important opportunity to find 5 of the best student and emerging writers and showcase their work as part of the competition as well – at the moment the transition from studying to working as a writer can be particularly hard. Via these two activities (the lesson plans and the showcase) we hope we can help improve the experience of student writers in the UK and help make the writing industry more accessible and understandable.”

 

Stewart Pringle, Associate Dramaturg at the Bush Theatre, said:

‘We’re delighted to be hosting the launch this May, and to have an opportunity to see the new work from The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting. We hope the event, but most of all the book itself, will be a fantastic inspiration for new writers for years to come.’

 

George Spender, Senior Editor at Oberon Books said: “All of us at Oberon are thrilled to be a part of this extremely exciting project that will no doubt have a tremendous influence on the next generation of writers and theatre makers.’

 

The book and competition is part of a new campaign to increase access and diversity in the writing industry being run by the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins, which also includes London Writers’ Week, University Women in the Arts, and a petition to reinstate the A Level in Creative Writing. The campaign is inspired by issues such as the closure of the A Level in Creative Writing, EBACC not including creative subjects, PGCE training spending less time on specialist subjects such as the arts, and the gap between education and the skills needed in the creative industries, which is currently being investigated by the House of Lords, all of which are decreasing access and diversity in the writing industry.

 

Free tickets to the launch and showcase can be booked at: https://www.bushtheatre.co.uk/event/the-student-guide-to-writing-playwriting-book-launch-and-play-reading/


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Week Five lesson plans released

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Week Five lesson plans have been released – Staging Your Work by Caroline Horton, writer, performer, director and mentor from the Bush Theatre, and Final Advice by Lucy Kerbel, founder and Director of Tonic Theatre: www.thestudentguidetowriting.com/the-lesson-plans


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Week Four lesson plans released

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Week Four lesson plans have been released – Theatricality by Steve Winter, Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and the co-founder of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and T S Eliot US/UK Exchange, and Rewriting by Caroline Jester, author of “Playwriting Across the Curriculum” and former Dramaturg at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre: www.thestudentguidetowriting.com/the-lesson-plans


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Week Three lesson plans released

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Week Three lesson plans have been released – Characterisation by Tom Holloway, playwright and mentor from the Bush Theatre, and Dialogue by Fin Kennedy, founder of Schoolwrights and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company: www.thestudentguidetowriting.com/the-lesson-plans


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Week Two lesson plans released

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Week Two lesson plans have been released – Structure by John Yorke, author of the bestselling book on storytelling “Into the Woods” and founder of the BBC Writers Academy, and Jennifer Tuckett, Course Leader of the new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins: www.thestudentguidetowriting.com/the-lesson-plans


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Welcome to The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting. Updates and news will be published here from December 2015.