Now in its eighteenth year, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland is delighted to offer six playwrights support through the Playwright Mentoring Programme. This support is for playwrights who have not yet had a professional production and are keen to learn more about their craft. It is a professional development opportunity for playwrights to build their playwriting skills and writing community, working towards completing a draft of a new play.
The Playwright Mentoring Programme follows an eight month structure which includes one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions, financial support, skills sessions, and opportunities to widen your creative community.
To cover seven days of your time in contact with your mentor and with Playwrights’ Studio, they will pay you a rate of £150 per day. The total amount you will receive is £1,050.
The skills sessions are group activities available to you as a playwright currently being supported by Playwrights’ Studio. They are designed to enhance your skills and knowledge of the theatre industry, give you the opportunity to ask questions and think about the other sides of being a playwright that don’t necessarily involve writing. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A’s and panel discussions.
Playwrights’ Studio will create space for you to make connections with your peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet other practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights.
You will be able to set specific dates with your mentor for individual sessions monthly between January and June. Below is a rough timeline of group activity.
14 January Playwright Induction Day
18 February Skills session 1
18 March Skills session 2
22 April Skills session 3
Aug/Sept Skills session 4
To be eligible to apply for a Playwright Mentoring Programme, you should:
- Have some experience of creative writing
- Not yet have had a full professional production
- Have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play
- Be able to commit to an eight-month intense programme
You should also:
- Be resident in Scotland.
- Be available on 14 January 2022 for the Playwright Induction Day.
We are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:
- Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Playwright Mentoring Programme.
- Have directly received support from Playwrights’ Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn’t include attending workshops or groups run by us).
5pm, Monday 25 October 2021.