Free Resources Round up 

We hope that this site is a robust and useful (and free!) tool for anyone interested in writing for the stage. As we navigate these changing times, we need to recognise and bring compassion to the journey we are on and the challenges we face. At the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, our endeavour is that this website becomes so much more than the biennial award, that we are able to find ways to support anyone and everyone who is interested in writing for performance to explore their creativity 

But where to start? 


Series #1

The sessions cover character, story, dialogue, structure, theatricality and re-drafting. They also point you in the direction of some of the other amazing content on the website which will support you to undertake exercises, and try out new ways of getting your ideas down and shaping them into something that can come to life on the stage.

Writers write in completely different ways, for very different reasons. There is nothing you SHOULD do when starting or developing a play – there is no RIGHT and WRONG – only what works for you and how you convey your ideas, your ambition, your stories and your theatrical intention for the work.

Maybe you’ve written some poetry, or a short story, or a novella, or some song lyrics, or a film script – or none of the above and are just curious to explore what it might be like to write a script. Writing is a brave act – to commit to getting ideas down on paper, creating characters, taking them on a journey,and having them change the world around them, thinking about imagery and theatricality. We’re here to help with all of that.

The toolkit includes…

Alongside this toolkit we created six brand-new livestreamed workshops for 2019.


Series #2

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is making plans for the next prize round. Ordinarily January is when the application process for the Prize opens – but the past 12months have not been ordinary, and we feel it’s important that we take time to respond to the new landscape in which we all find ourselves. As always we are keen that that The Bruntwood Prize provides the space in which writers of all abilities can explore their craft, so we want to let everyone know that we are still here, planning and preparing for a Prize that will happen soon – so watch this space.

Telling and sharing stories, together in a single space has never felt so important. We know that theatres, arts and culture will play a vital role in how we begin to process everything that has happened to us and our world in the last 12months. Since it’s launch in 2005 the Bruntwood Prize has gone through many changes and prides itself on being responsive to the needs of the writer.

As always, we want to support the writing process this website is full of free workshops and advice from some incredible playwrights. This year our second toolkit addressing writing for now, offering expert advice from professional writers who will share their experiences including writing for the digital space, creating audio drama and ways to find inspiration in the everyday.

The toolkit includes…

Introduction by Dramaturg Suzanne Bell
Chinonyerem Odimba on Not Writing
James Fritz on how to write an audio drama (sort of)
Sonia Jalaly on Devising
Amanda Dalton on Adaptation
SWAMP MOTEL Co-Founders and Creative Directors Clem Garritty & Ollie Jones
Eve Leigh on writing interactive writing
Toolkit Extra- Hannah Nicklin- Narrative design choices and ‘multiple middles’ 
Sharon Clark on writing with creative technologies
Nickie Miles-Wilden and Testament in Conversation
Kieran Knowles- Now, where were we?
Where Does It Come From? by kimber lee
Anthony Simpson Pike- A Ritual 


Still not sure where to start? is a free resource for anyone interested in writing.Whether you are totally new to writing for the stage, or an established playwright we hope that the guidance of the brilliant writers who have contributed to the workshop series will support your own writing. Led by internationally recognised playwrights our livestream workshops are completely free to access and feature incredible professional writers, including Anna Jordan, Simon Stephens, Tanika Gupta and Winsome Pinnock.

You can access the full masterlist here 


And if you’ve written a script


I update our Opportunites and Events page frequently with script submission windows, call outs, competitions, writers training schemes and free events


Opportunities & events


Happy Writing!


Published on:
5 May 2021


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