Playwriting Courses


Papatango Online Playwriting Course

We are running a free online playwriting course in winter 2020-21, specifically for writers based in Wiltshire and Dorset.

This 6-week course will provide an in-depth overview of the key elements of playwriting, including finding inspiration and generating ideas, building characters, structuring scenes, writing dialogue, and editing / re-drafting your work. It will offer participants the opportunity to write in a supportive environment, and the course will close with a session of professional actors performing extracts of work from participants.

Our courses aim to build writing networks within local communities – they are, therefore, open to participants within a specific geographical area. Our winter offering is for those based in Dorset and Wiltshire. We are, however, likely to run more courses in future – so keep an eye on our website or social media channels for updates, or join our mailing list to be the first to hear about upcoming opportunities!

“I have attended umpteen writing conferences, retreats and courses, and come across scores more writing exercises online, yet Papatango’s were fresh, insightful and highly rewarding.” Playwriting Course Participant.
Session dates

Thursday 10 December
Thursday 17 December
Thursday 7 January
Thursday 14 January
Thursday 21 January
Thursday 4 February

All sessions will be from 6-8pm online.

If any participants have any access needs e.g. require a BSL interpreter or audio-described materials or any other support, these will be met. Please just make us aware of any requirements when confirming your place.
How to apply

Places on the course are limited. To be eligible to apply you must:

• Reside in Wiltshire or Dorset
• Be available on all of the advertised dates

To apply, please send the following to with the subject line: ‘Playwriting Course Application’:

• CV
• Short cover letter or email telling us why you’d like to take part and how you would benefit from the course
• A short sample of your scriptwriting (no more than 5 pages)

Deadline for applications
5pm on Tuesday 24 November. We will contact all entrants by the end of Friday 27 November.