Want to develop your voice and writing skills?


The Traverse Theatre is passionate about supporting the new. New ideas, new conversations, new writers.

Traverse Young Writers is a 10-week entry-level programme, designed for young people aged 18-25 who want support to find their own voice, experiment with new writing styles and try new things in a dynamic group setting.

The workshops, led by playwright, poet and performer, Hannah Lavery (The Drift, Lament for Sheku Bayoh) will be interactive and hands-on with plenty of opportunities for you to get writing during the sessions themselves and engage with an invested cohort of peers. The course culminates in a 1-2-1 discussion with a member of our Artistic team to chat about your work, its future and how to take the next step with your writing.

For the first time, Traverse Young Writers is moving online allowing us to welcome young writers from all over Scotland to take part in the course.

Who should apply to Traverse Young Writers?

Maybe you’ve never considered writing for theatre before. Maybe you’re sitting on a story that’s about to burst out of you but you don’t know how to make it come alive on paper. Maybe you aren’t seeing yourself represented in Scottish theatre. Traverse Young Writers is for you.

The stories we stage at the Traverse are by anyone and for everyone. Traverse Young Writers is our commitment to discovering and developing the next generation of Scottish playwrights. Graduates from the course have gone on to have professional commissions from the Traverse and other leading theatre companies.

"Taking part in the Traverse Young Writers programme has shaped my career as a playwright. The opportunity to work with generous professional playwrights has helped me to understand my own creative processes as well as learning new skills and ways of working, which has ultimately made me a better writer. The group has introduced me to a number of friends and colleagues and one of the reasons I feel so at home in the Traverse Theatre.

Being part of the Young Writers group led me to apply for and receiving a commission to write one of the Breakfast Plays for the 2019 Festival season, this opportunity is one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had and the support from the Traverse made the whole process much less daunting."

- Diane Stewart, Traverse Young Writer a
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Hear from three previous Traverse Young Writers participants about their experience on the course. Amy, Rebecca and Jamie are currently under commission by the Traverse and are preparing for the world premiere of their plays as part of Breakfast Plays: New Tracks.

Course and application information

Applications for this session of Traverse Young Writers are closed.

This page will be updated with details of upcoming sessions when they become available.

If you have any questions about the course or would like more information, please contact Eleanor White, Literary Associate, at writing@traverse.co.uk.

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.