Playwriting Courses


Papatango Online Playwriting Course

We are running a free online playwriting course in autumn 2020, specifically for writers based in North and Mid Devon.

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 autumn offering is for those based in North and Mid Devon. 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

Wednesday 9 September
Wednesday 16 September
Wednesday 23 September
Wednesday 30 September
Wednesday 7 October
Wednesday 14 October

All sessions will be from 5.30-7pm 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 North or Mid Devon within 50 miles of Barnstaple
Be available on all of the advertised dates

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

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 10 pages)

Deadline for applications
5pm on Wednesday 2 September. We will contact all entrants by the end of Friday 4 September.