Breakthrough Writers: Launchpad

Traverse Theatre Company

Open Tue 11 - Wed 26 Jan 22

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Breakthrough Writers is a duo of new, interconnected creative development initiatives to take new creative voices from having no writing experience through a series of mentoring, coaching and dramaturgical sessions, to having their first full length play reading at the Traverse – and whatever else may come beyond…

Breakthrough Writers: Launchpad

A new initiative open to anyone living in Scotland aged 18 or over, Breakthrough Writers: Launchpad is an online writers’ group, led by award-winning playwright Stef Smith (Swallow, Enough), which will offer a completely free 10-week course of mentoring to 10 individuals from across the country. This opportunity is for writers with loads of enthusiasm, talent and big ideas, and requires no previous experience. Writers will be taken from idea generation right through to the first draft of a script, which they will receive detailed feedback on from members of the Traverse Team.

Who is it for?

Are you sitting on a story that’s about to burst out of you? Are you interested in developing your writing, but don’t know where to start? Do you want to try new things in a dynamic group setting? Breakthrough Writers: Launchpad is for you.

This is a group for people at the outset of their writing journey, people who adore telling stories but might not think of themselves as ‘writers’ yet, people with lots of enthusiasm and a story to tell.

We want to hear from you! If you have any questions about the group or the application process, please get in touch with us at

Who can apply?

Anyone aged 18+ based in Scotland with a passion for writing.

We actively encourage applicants who write in Gàidhlig/Gaelic or Scots, and those from currently under-represented communities.

There will be no cost to participate.

Read our FAQs.

You can find out more about Breakthrough Writers: In Residence here.

The Traverse Theatre is funded by Creative Scotland and The City of Edinburgh Council, with additional support from The Scottish Government Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund.


  • Led byStef Smith


Your donation will help us to discover and develop creativity in those who tell stories we all want - and need - to hear.
  • A gift of £100 could pay for an actor to bring the script alive during a script development session and to hear how the words translate from page to stage.
  • A gift of £50 could cover a one-on-one dramaturgy session, providing developing writers with bespoke feedback.
  • A gift of £15 could cover our monthly Zoom subscription, allowing us to host live online creative writing workshops, reaching participants from across the UK.