Masterclass: Playwriting | Five types of experience | Arvon
Masterclass: Playwriting

Masterclass: Playwriting

Five types of experience
  • Simon Stephens
Date Tuesday June 4th 2024, 19:00-21:00 GMT / 15:00-17:00 EDT
Location Online

What is the creative connection between experiences and ideas, and how can we deploy our own memories and experiences when making new work? During this generative masterclass session – for writers of all levels – Simon Stephens will draw on his 25 years as a playwright, sharing writing exercises that he uses in his own work to produce fresh ideas. These exercises are based on an observation that, for Stephens, plays are created via the synthesis of five different types of experience. They will be the starting point of a consideration of broader questions about theatre, writing and creativity, from ‘What is the political function of drama in a time of ecological and economic collapse?’ to ‘What is Andrew Scott like?’. You’ll leave with a notebook full of prompts for new dramatic work, as well as a framework for how to develop your ideas further.

The Masterclass will be delivered via Zoom webinar, so you can take the session at your own pace, without the pressure of having your video or camera on. Sessions are also recorded so if you are unable to attend live, you will have access to the recording for a month afterwards.

Online: £40

Concessions: £20

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, half-price concessions are available for this course at checkout. There are a limited number of free subsidised places for those who cannot afford the concession price.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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