Playwright Studio Scotland Mentoring

Every year, Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland selects six aspiring or emerging playwrights for an eight month programme of mentoring. The Mentoring Programme is delivered by established professional playwrights, to support the development of new plays. This is an opportunity to improve playwriting skills and gain valuable insight into the playwriting process and profession.  

Mentoring is geared towards aspiring and emerging playwrights who might have one or more of the following:

  • Very little, if any, playwriting experience
  • Some experience of developing your work in a workshop environment, through rehearsed readings or working with others to improve your skills
  • Experience in other areas of creative writing

Playwrights’ Studio is open to all playwrights and works right across Scotland. As they are currently under-represented, the studio strive to increase applications and representation within the programmes from playwrights:

  • writing in Gaelic or Scots
  • based outside the central belt of Scotland
  • from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • with disabilities

Programme Summary:

  • One mentoring session each month for six months with an established professional playwright, which includes script in progress feedback  
  • One theatre visit  
  • Supporting workshops  
  • Individual readthrough and discussion  with professional actors and directors  
  • Public sharing of extracts from all six plays.  


5pm, Monday 1 October 2018.


  • You are an aspiring or emerging playwright living in Scotland, or from Scotland and living elsewhere
  • You have a particular idea you want to develop into a full length play through mentoring
  • You will be available from mid-December for eight months to work on your script regularly during monthly meetings
  • You will be available on Wednesday 12 December 2018 for the programme induction and Tuesday 9and Wednesday 10 July 2019 for the readthrough and public sharing
  • You are not a student in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Mentoring Programme. Applications may be considered from individuals who are undertaking a part-time course of study. However, this will depend on how it relates to your course

In excess of 70 playwrights have been mentored through this Programme. These include  Rob Drummond (Grain in the BloodThe BroonsUncanny Valley); DC Jackson (Stan Lee’s Lucky ManKill Johnny GlendenningThe Stewarton TrilogyMy Romantic History;James Ley (Love Song to Lavender MenaceThe Ego Plays)  Isobel McArthur  (Pride & Prejudice* (*Sort Of)).  Adura Onashile (Fringe First Award-winning Expensive Shit, HeLa) and Lynda Radley (The InterferenceFutureproof) .

Find out more about the application process for Mentoring.

Published on:
19 Sep 2018


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