Traverse Young Writers is aimed at 18-25 year-olds who wish to develop their playwriting skills. It offers the opportunity to be part of a creative network, where aspiring playwrights can discuss, debate and create great new work.

The course runs in two bookable seasons:

  • Spring (March-May)
  • Autumn (September-December)

In spring 2020, Traverse Young Writers will participate in one-off workshops with leading professional playwrights, whilst working with the Traverse Theatre Artistic Team to develop their playwriting skills. In Spring 2020 the playwright tutors are; James Ley, Douglas Maxwell, Isobel McArthur, Hannah Lavery and Frances Poet. The course will culminate in a Scratch Night of the group’s work.

Booking for Traverse Young Writers spring 2020 is now open. The season will begin on Monday 16 March, and workshops will run 7-9pm (10 weeks).

Course fees: The cost of the 10-week course is £90. You can book your place by contacting the Traverse Box Office on 0131 228 1404.

Bursaries: We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries for those requiring financial support to access this course:

  • Bursaries are intended to support those who are unable to cover the course fees. Either the full or a percentage of the course fee will be covered directly by the Traverse.
  • Travel bursaries are for those who live outside of EH postcodes who find the cost of travel to be prohibitive to their participation in the course.

Bursaries are limited and we may not be able to support all bursary applications.

Please contact for further information and to request an application form. Bursary applications must be received by Mon 2 Mar.

We would like to thank The Dr David Summers Charitable Trust, The Nimar Charitable Trust, The Russell Trust, The Teale Charitable Trust and The William Syson Charitable Foundation for their generous support of Traverse Young Writers.

For more details about Traverse Young Writers get in touch with Literary Associate, Eleanor White –