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Summer Intensive Playwriting Course 2020

Mon 3 - Thu 6 August, 10.30am - 1pm each day

This four-day course led by Nina-Marie Gardner will cover a different element of playwriting each day and provides an opportunity for dramaturgy support as a follow-up. An overriding theme of ‘writer’s voice’ spans the first two days, as we consider what stories we can/should tell and what stories need telling. The final half of the week, gives form to the voices and stories and touches on beginnings and endings and the process of rewriting.

The course outline is as follows:
Day 1: character
Day 2: monologue & dialogue
Day 3: structure
Day 4: setting/time and place

Each session runs from 10.30am to 1pm, and the room will then be available for you until 5pm, if you wish to stay on and use it for writing.

After the course, you can use up to two- three hours dramaturgy time with Nina-Marie Gardner – either by submitting a treatment or a selection of scenes for feedback. Submissions must be within seven days of completing the course (by Thursday 13 August), and you’ll receive written feedback within four weeks, by Thursday 10 September.

Nina-Marie Gardner is an award-winning novelist, playwright and dramaturg. Her short stories, essays and reviews have been published in 3AM Magazine, The Fix, The Frisky, Flavorpill and the anthologies Bedford Square and 3AM London, New York, Paris. Her debut novel Sherry & Narcotics was published by Future Fiction London in 2011; the stage adaptation was a finalist for the Verity Bargate Award (2014) and subsequently staged in London as part of the Arcola Theatre’s inaugural PlayWROUGHT Festival. Gardner has received the Royal Holloway International Excellence Award and a Crossland Research Fellowship, holds a PhD in Drama and Theatre, and she served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Dance at Royal Holloway from 2014 to 2018. She is on the readers’ panel for the National Theatre, and also recently served on the readers’ panel for the 2018 Colchester Theatre Mercury/Weinberger Playwriting Award.

Tickets £215 (Concessions £165). Price includes a ticket to see a show at the NT - details TBC. 

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