Young people across Scotland welcomed to apply for Traverse Young Writers

News 23 Feb 2021

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

Today, applications open for our Traverse Young Writers Spring 2021 course. With sessions held online, the course is open to writers living anywhere in Scotland.

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.

Our Spring course, beginning in late March and now open for applications, consists of guest workshops hosted by leading playwrights and culminates in a scratch sharing of the participants' work, created in collaboration with professional actors and directors.

If you'd like to see what last years Traverse Young Writers created, watch their Scratch Performances.


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.

Hear from three previous Traverse Young Writers participants about their experience on the course. After participating in Traverse Young Writers, Amy, Rebecca and Jamie went on to be commissioned by the Traverse and presented their work as part of Breakfast Plays: New Tracks.