FAQ

What defines a student?

We recognise that people who are not currently studying at school, University or college might want to follow The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting. As such, our stipulation for sending in work is only that you tell us if you are studying at school, college, University, an emerging writer (which we define as meaning you have not had a professional production ie; been paid and had your work staged for at least a week) or if you are just studying on your own but not in one of these categories. Otherwise the aim of the competition is to provide access to the leading industry training so we don’t want to discount students of all ages and experiences, and we hope the lesson plans will work for students of all ages and levels.

What do I have to send in?

Please send in your play from 15th February – 1st March to admin@thestudentguidetowriting.com

You should also explain if you are at school, college, University, an emerging writer or studying on your own but not in one of these categories in your email.

What is the outcome of the competition?

5  winners will be selected who will attend a bootcamp on playwriting at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins and whose work will be published by Oberon Books at the end of the project.

The winners will be one winner from the schools entries, one winner from the college and Universities entries, one winner from the emerging entries, two winners from any writer who submits.

What work do the winners get published?

The winners will attend a bootcamp on playwriting at Central Saint Martins where they will create a play mentored by a professional playwright to a special brief.

The work will be showcased at London Writers Week and will be published by Oberon Books.

The play will contain a section written by each winner to showcase their work.

You will also be free to send your play you submitted out to other competitions and awards and theatres and we hope will have had access to the leading playwriting training coming out of the industry via the competition and bootcamp as well.

I want to buy the book, how do I buy this?

The lesson plans and the winning student work will be published in on May 9th by Oberon Books. To attend the book launch and showcase of the winning work, please click here. We hope this book will provide 10 very simple lesson plans for teachers and students to use to learn playwriting and provide access to those leading the way in the industry. The winning student work will also be published in the same volume – you can use this as an example of what the lesson plans produce or look to stage this work via contacting Oberon Books.

Why are you doing this?

Over the last two years, the MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins has been running The Year of Experimentation investigation into what dramatic writing training can be in the UK. One of the very clear points which emerged was that students and teachers struggle to access the leading training going on in the industry as so much of it hasn’t been published and also that both groups struggle to access very simple lesson plans to build up a play step by step. We hope The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting addresses both of these issues.

What is the future of the competition series?

The Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting is the first in a new competition series. Future competitions will be announced in future years.

I have a question which hasn’t be answered, who do I contact?

Please contact admin@thestudentguidetowriting.com and we will be happy to answer your questions.