Want to develop your playwriting skills?

Each Wednesday until 2 September 2020 we'll release a free Open Submissions workshop that will support you and fellow aspiring writers to unleash your creativity and take you from idea to draft.

This 16-week series aims to practically and proactively support writers through the process from having an initial idea for a script to creating a draft, for potential submission to our Open Submissions window beginning on 1 September 2020, when it will be read by a team of theatre professionals for possible development and presentation by the Traverse at a future date.

Each week a professional playwright or theatremaker, both established and early career, will deliver a workshop on a particular aspect of the writing process to help you enhace your skills and give insight into the Open Submissions process.

Tutors already confirmed to deliver workshops are Debbie Hannan, Gareth Nicholls, Matilda Ibini, Natasha Sutton Williams, Julia Taudevin, Hannah Lavery and Meghan Tyler with many more to be confirmed in coming weeks.

There's no signup required but to get the episodes as soon as they're released, subscribe to our Youtube channel or Spotify podcast. For those of you who may want to work on your ideas for a little longer, all sessions once live will be available to view and listen to at any point until 1 September 2021.

We hope you enjoy these workshops and look forward to reading your pieces!

Transcripts are available at the bottom of this page. Closed captions are available for each video in the series.


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Open Submissions Workshop #1


An Introduction

with Eleanor White, Literary Associate, Traverse Theatre

This first workshop covers what you can expect from the Open Submissions Workshop series, some more information about the Traverse Theatre, exactly what's involved in our Open Submissions initiative, and what we're on the lookout for.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers, make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #2

Your Questions Answered
with Eleanor White, Literary Associate, Traverse Theatre

This second workshop answers some of your questions about the Open Submissions Workshop series, our Open Submissions script initiative and playwriting more generally.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers, make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #3

Getting Started
with Frances Poet, Playwright

Got a great idea for a script but struggling to get started? Never fear, Frances Poet's workshop is here!

In our third Open Submissions Workshop Frances shares the different methods she used to get started on three of her plays; Adam, Gut and Maggie May.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers, make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #4

Finding Inspiration and Rising to the Top of the Pile
with Douglas Maxwell, Playwright

Worried that your writing isn't good enough?

Douglas Maxwell says he's made every mistake there is. In this week's workshop, he takes you through the changes he's made to make his plays better. It's kinda like a therapy session for playwrights.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers, make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #5

Open Submissions 2019 Alumni Interviews
With Eva Edo, David Finnigan, Natalie McGrath, Rachael O’Connor & Hugo Timbrell
Interviewed by Eleanor White

For this week's session, our Literary Associate, Eleanor White, interviewed the five selected playwrights from last year's window to hear how the process impacted and benefitted them as a writer.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers like Eva, David, Natalie, Rachael and Hugo, make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #6

Telling It Your Own Way
With playwright, poet and performer, Hannah Lavery

Get your pens at the ready for this week's Open Submissions workshop with Hannah Lavery (The Drift, The Lament for Sheku Bayoh), as she takes you through two exercises that have helped her writing.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #7

Writing with, and Representing Disability
With Matilda Ibini and Natasha Sutton Williams.

'Your responsibility as a storyteller is to represent the world and the people in it.'

Matilda Ibini (Little Miss Burden) and Natasha Sutton Williams (Lesbian Pirates) talk about how you can approach research, character development and representation for disabled characters and performers.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #8

Writing Dialogue
With Clare Duffy

In this week's Open Submissions Workshop, Clare Duffy gives her tops tips and advice for what to consider when writing dialogue.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers make a donation to the Traverse today.


Open Submissions Workshop #9

Is Playwriting a Science?
With Meghan Tyler

Percentages, chemical reactions and graphs - they don't have anything to do with playwriting, right? In this week's Open Submissions Workshop, Meghan Tyler shares the theory that playwriting can be a science.

If you're enjoying the series and would like to help us support more aspiring writers make a donation to the Traverse today.




Help us support more aspiring writers


If you’d like to support our work creating spaces where everyone can connect, develop and tell stories, you can donate using the buttons below. Every donation makes a difference – thank you.

Donation

Open Submissions is supported by


The Foyle Foundation
The Turtleton Charitable Trust
The Nimar Charitable Trust
The Russell Trust
The William Syson Charitable Foundation