Adult Workshops


GoWrite provides two playwriting workshops every month for adults without professional theatre experience. These cover a wide range of skills and are led by Papatango artists including Dawn King (OffWestEnd Award winner and writer of Foxfinder, one of The Independent’s Top 5 Plays of the Year), David Mercatali (a leading director of new work especially known for his collaborations with Philip Ridley), and May Sumbwanyambe (Papatango’s first Resident Playwright and 2016 Alfred Fagon Audience Award winner).

Workshops are hosted at venues across London. The next workshops will be in January 2018 and dates will be announced soon. Entry is on a first-come-first-served basis. To book a place on a workshop email us on Please use the subject “Playwriting Workshop” and state your name and the workshop date(s) you wish to attend. We will confirm your place as soon as possible.

Two bursaries to cover travel costs of up to £100 are available for each workshop. To apply for a bursary, please send us a letter of not more than 300 words answering the question ‘What difference would this workshop make to you?’ and including your relevant travel information. Please send applications no later than one week before the date of the workshop you wish to join to

Upcoming workshops:

10am – 11am, Wednesday 31 January, in central London

Thinking of entering the 2018 Papatango New Writing Prize? Then you might want to come to a session on how the Prize works and how submissions are assessed.

11am – 1pm, Saturday 3 February, in central London

Stewart Pringle, winner of the 2017 Papatango New Writing Prize, will explore the concepts of ‘naturalism’ and ‘realism’ in theatre, with a particular focus on dialogue. We’ll be examining examples of contemporary ‘naturalist’ theatre, and considering what the qualities are that we look for in dialogue and characterisation that set these works apart, as well as exploring how we can improve the flow and life-like-ness of dialogue within our own work.

2.30pm – 4.30pm, Monday 12 March, in central London

Want to know how to hook your readers in from the first page? Join our workshop on the opening ten pages of a play, led by Bruntwood Prize Judges’ award winner, Papatango Prize shortlisted writer, and former literary producer at the Bristol Old Vic, Sharon Clark.

Sharon will discuss what we need to consider when kick-starting a script. How do we create impact, how do we establish our world, how do we introduce our characters and how do we entice our audience to leave their day at the door and immerse themselves in the story we want to tell?


You can catch up on all past workshops here: