Page extent: 256
ISBN: 9781783193240
Binding: PaperBack

Dramatic Writing Masterclasses: Key Advice from the Industry Masters

Jennifer Tuckett (ed.)

PaperBack (31 Jan 2017)
£14.99

Brings together the advice of the professionals who have led the way in dramatic writing training in the UK, including John Yorke, creator of the BBC Writers Academy, Kate Rowland, founder of BBC Writersroom, Ola Animashawun, creator of the Royal Court Theatre’s world famous young writers programme, Fin Kennedy, winner of the first fringe first ever awarded for a schools production and creator of Schoolwrights and Philip Shelley, creator of Channel Four’s screenwriting programme. Suitable for writers, students, teachers, the industry and anyone with an interest in dramatic writing, the book offers key advice on writing for theatre, film, television, radio and digital media. 

Contributors:

Ola Animashawun: Ola Animashawun founded the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, one of the UK’s most influential training programmes for young writers, and is Associate Director at the Royal Court Theatre and Creative Director of Euphoric Ink.

Stephen Jeffreys: Stephen Jeffreys was Literary Associate at the Royal Court Theatre for eleven years and is the creator of Masterclasses which have led the way in Playwriting teaching in the UK.

Caroline Jester: Caroline Jester has been Dramaturg at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, co author of Playwriting Across the Curriculum and has pioneered collaborative and digital playwriting programmes worldwide.

Fin Kennedy: Fin Kennedy is the winner of the first Fringe First ever awarded for a schools production and Artistic Director of Tamasha Theatre Company.

Kate Rowland: Kate Rowland is the founder of BBC Writersroom, the BBC’s new writing department, and was the Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC.

Philip Shelley: Philip Shelley runs the Channel Four screenwriting course, one of the UK’s leading screenwriting training programmes.

Nina Steiger: Nina Steiger is Associate Director at the Soho Theatre and has been a Clore Fellow and led the way in teaching writing for digital media as well as playwriting.

Jennifer Tuckett: Jennifer Tuckett is Course Leader for Drama Centre London and Central Saint Martin’s new MA Dramatic Writing and previously founded the UK’s first formally industry partnered MA in Playwriting with the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Octagon Theatre Bolton and ran industry partnered pilot projects on training writers for radio drama and digital media with the BBC and this year is a finalist for the Women of the Future Arts and Culture Award.

Steve Winter: Steve Winter is Executive Director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation and co-creator of the Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays and TS Eliot US/UK Exchange.

John Yorke: John Yorke is the creator of the BBC Writers Academy and was Managing Director of Company Pictures, Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production

Additional Information

ISBN13 9781783193240
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 256

Reviews

Senior Editor at Oberon Books George Spender, said: 'All of us at Oberon are thrilled to be a part of this extremely exciting project that will no doubt have a tremendous influence on the next generation of writers and theatre makers.'

'It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be one of the ten ‘Masters’ during the first few years of the MA Dramatic Writing. Under Jennifer Tuckett’s visionary leadership this industry-focused course has quickly established itself as the pre-eminent postgraduate writer training programme. The combination of giving free reign to industry tutors to set vocational tasks alongside academic rigour is unique, while being able to R&D with students new creative forms in a ‘Lab’ format each and every year is of real practical value to our company. I am delighted that some of this learning is being disseminated further with this book.' Fin Kennedy, Artistic Director, Tamasha Theatre Company

'It's been a great experience working on the new Central Saint Martins MA Dramatic Writing course - focusing on what it takes for new dramatic writers to break through into the highly competitive creative industry - looking at both innovative creative approaches to the craft of dramatic writing and at the down-to-earth practicalities of first forging and then sustaining a working life as a dramatic writer.' Philip Shelley, instigator of the Channel 4 screenwriting course