Welcome to Arvon’s 2017 playwriting courses. Our 5-day residencies offer both beginner and more established playwrights the perfect environment to release their imaginative potential, and concentrate on their writing, away from everyday distractions. Do you want to weave your idea into a fully formed script? Or maybe you might fancy telling stories through music, or adapting your play for screen or radio? Our new theatre programme offers this and more. On each one of our weeks you will benefit from the support of accomplished playwrights, plenty of time to write, workshops and tutorials.
Tutors include Jessica Swale, Willy Russell, David Eldridge and Selina Thompson.
“There is really nothing quite like Arvon. Where else can writers find the space and the encouragement to put pen to paper, in the most beautiful settings in the country? It’s a privilege to be a tutor and an alumni” Jessica Swale
From idea to script
If you already have an idea for a play, but you need the tools to turn it into ...
- Evan Placey
- Elinor Cook
- Guest: Tessa Walker
68.STARTING TO WRITE A PLAY
Finding your voice without losing the plot
What are the key ingredients of a good play? How do you find and sustain your v...
- Amy Rosenthal
- Al Smith
- Guest: Lu Kemp
69.THEATRE FOR CHILDREN & YOUNG ADULTS
Crafting meaningful plays
A practical opportunity to think outside the box when creating theatre for youn...
- Chris Elwell
- David Lane
- Guest: Marleen Vermeulen
How to grow a play from seed to stage
We’ve all been there. You want to write but that blank page just sits there l...
- Jessica Swale
- Leo Butler
- Guest: Christopher Campbell
71.PLAYWRITING: TUTORED RETREAT
Spend time wth your script
So, you are a new playwright, and you have written a stage play, or nearly fini...
- Jane Fallowfield
- Graham Whybrow
- Guest: Suhayla El Bushra
Using music and lyrics to tell the tale
For those who want to experiment with how a story can be told through song and ...
- Willy Russell
- Nick Stimson
For playwrights who have completed a first play, this week we will set to work ...
- Ishy Din
- Penelope Skinner
- Guest: Stef Smith
Adapting existing tales for stage, screen and radio
We will explore the exciting possibilities for dramatic adaptation, drawing on ...
- David Eldridge
- Sarah Phelps
- Guest: Deborah Moggach