Our Playwriting Courses


Learn the Ropes

The Intro course is aimed at developing the fundamental skills required to bring a story to life on the stage.

We explore approaches to developing characterisation by “mining the imagination” for starting points.

We explore theme and structure to help you get your ideas across in logical ways. 

You’ll write the first 10 pages of a script which will be included (if you choose to submit it) for the WFTS Showcase, held at Studio Salford at The Kings Arm; performed by professional actors during Studio Salford Development Week.

£150 for 10 week course

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Share. Develop. Exceed.

The Progressing course is for playwrights who have completed the Intro course and wish to continue developing their piece, or for jobbing playwrights who want regular deadlines, group reading of their work, and live feedback.

We do lots of writing exercises aimed towards a deeper understanding of our characters and our stories, while examining devices in established texts that can help develop our work.  

The aim of the Progressing course is to develop work started in WFTS Intro to develop it beyond the first ten pages, or to develop existing work if you haven’t attended the prior courses. 

The 10-week, online, tutorial-based course runs over 10 weeks and is open to international participants who write in English. 

Each work developed gets a slot at Development Week.


Develop a 60-Minute Script

The Advanced course is aimed at those who can demonstrate a solid grasp of the fundamentals of playwriting. 

We look at complex stage writing concepts such as:

  • the varying functions of dialogue
  • creating tension via dramatic questions 
  • the total narrative
  • actioning your text
  • finding an ending 
  • subplot’s relationship to character transformation  

The aim of the Advanced course is to write a script of up to 60mins which will be performed (if you choose to submit it) 

as a full rehearsed reading during Studio Salford Development Week

There’s plenty of opportunity to read each your work in a friendly, group-setting during each session. 

£200 for 10 week course


One-to-One Sessions

The Developing level is aimed at those who have an existing theatre script which requires independent development feedback and assistive guidance. This could include pieces from the previous WriteForTheStage levels, or for anyone who has a script that requires development in order to get it to performance level.

Each session is up to 2 hours long, and takes place as a one-to-one consultation. Each consultation will include written feedback specific to your script, focusing on theme, structure, character development, use of dialogue, plot and pace. The consultations will be informal, open discussions, including the reading of the script.

The aim is to maximise the potential of the script in preparation for performance or competition / festival submission.

All pieces developed will be eligible for a slot at Studio Salford Development Week.

(NB – Development Week is open to all. Participation in one of the WriteForTheStage courses is not necessary for inclusion in the programme).

Price per session is dependent on the length of the script (in standard script format)

Up to 30 pages – £45

Up to 60 pages – £75

Up to 100 pages – £90

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From Page to Stage

Producing is perfect for writers and aspiring producers. The aim is to develop your script, learn all about producing for the thriving Manchester fringe and learn the skills you need to be in control of a production. You’ll set up your own theatre company, find out about roles, casting, marketing, budgeting, the tech and get-in and apply for an Arts Council grant with support all along the way. 

We develop the script in group tutorials and each session covers a different aspect of production.

£200 for 6 month course

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