Introduction


More than ever before, we will using this page to share provocations, tips, tutorials and advice all with the aim of helping you shape and develop your writing practice. Each resource approaches things from their writers own perspective – so take from each one what you like! Please do look over our archive of resources, and check back for exciting updates throughout the 2017 Bruntwood Prize period.

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Anna Jordan on script readers: Make their hearts sing, not sink.

Script readers are the unsung heroes of playwriting competitions. Bruntwood has three phases of reading before the longlist of 100 plays is chosen. In 2015…


Lyndsey Turner- What if…

In the fouth writing provocation director and 2017 jury member Lyndsey Turner thinks about possibilities. More than film or television, theatre is uniquely placed as…


Roy Williams- Reflections on ‘Days of Significance’ and rewrites

The conclusion of my play DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE, which was on at the RSC in 2007, hinged on a major revelation, the love Lenny has…


Charlene James- on process

Write what you’re passionate about. I don’t necessarily believe that you have to write what you know. Of course, it’s a great way to get…


Online Workshop with Simon Stephens

On Tuesday 17 March 2015: 6.00pm – 8.00pm, the Bruntwood Prize hosted a live online workshop with award-winning playwright Simon Stephens on the subject ‘Dramatic…


Live Online Workshop with Phil Porter

On Tuesday 17 February, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, the Bruntwood Prize hosted a live online worked with award-winning playwright and 2015 Bruntwood Prize winner Phil Porter…


Online Workshop with Dawn Walton

On Tuesday 28 April, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, the Bruntwood Prize hosted the fourth live online workshop with Dawn Walton with DIALOGUE AND SUBTEXT. This workshop…


Live online workshop with Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan joined us live on Tuesday 19 May from 6.00pm – 8.00pm for our fifth and final writers workshop. Read the Storify here and…