Traverse Young Writers - Autumn 2021

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

Traverse Young Writers is aimed at 18-25 year olds who are looking to develop their writing skills in a fun, supportive group setting. The course offers the opportunity to be part of a creative network, where aspiring playwrights can discuss, debate and create great new work.

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.

This season of Traverse Young Writers will be lead by professional playwright May Sumbwanyambe. The ten-week course, starting on Mon 20 Sep (7-9pm), will examine and explore playwriting techniques and structures, culminating in a one-to-one feedback session with the Traverse Literary team.

We are able to offer a limited number of bursaries for those requiring financial support to access this course. If you would like to request a bursary, please download and complete this form. Please return completed bursary forms to by Tuesday 14 September.

Traverse Young Writers is generously supported by The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation.

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.


What are the course dates?
Traverse Young Writers takes place over 10 sessions held on Monday evenings from 7-9pm starting on Mon 20 Sep.

Who can take part in Traverse Young Writers?
Anyone aged 18-25 based in Scotland with a passion for writing. We want our Young Writers group to be representative of the young talent in Scotland today. As the Traverse Theatre is an equal opportunities organisation, we try to make sure the people we work with are representative of our diverse community.

I have a question that isn't answered here, who can I talk to?
If you have any questions about the course or would like more information about Traverse Young Writers, please contact Eleanor White, Literary Manager, at

How many spaces are available on the course?
There are 14 spaces available in this season of Traverse Young Writers.

How long are the workshops and where will they take place?
The workshops will last two hours. They'll be hosted on Zoom.

How much does Traverse Young Writers cost?
The fee for the course is £90, which covers roughly 25-30 hours of workshops and feedback on drafts. We have a limited number of bursaries available, covering the full cost of the course. Bursaries are available to anyone for whom the cost of the course is a barrier to entry.

How do I apply for a bursary?
If you would like to apply for a course bursary, please download the bursary application form, complete it, and send it to by Tuesday 14 September. If you have any questions about the bursary application, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Traverse Young Writers takes place over 10 sessions held on Monday evenings from 7-9pm starting on Mon 20 Sep.

After booking, details of how to join the zoom sessions will be sent to participants by 3pm on Monday 20 September.