Hello lovely readers
Hope your week has been fun thus far. Today, I’m going to do a slight sales pitch for your eyeballs. So, simultaneous apologies and allure-isms coming your way (this is a real word. I know this cos I’m a writerer).
If you are a writerly type who enjoys a jaunt to the theatre, and you are located in the West Yorkshire area, then you should really know about Write Now. Its a writing group specifically focused on writing for theatre.
A writer friend recently asked me, What actually happens in writing groups? So for he, and anyone else who wants to know, here is a brief summary of what actually happens in our writing group.
Our main focus is writing for the stage but we do sometimes discuss screenplays too. We talk about writing techniques including developing character, relationships between characters, place, purpose, motives, backstories. We share reading recommendations, play recommendations, competition deadlines. Sometimes we go watch a play together. We talk about our goals and how to achieve them. We read plays of established playwrights and some that we have written ourselves. Oh, and we do some writing too.
All of this stuff might seem pretty obvious to any seasoned writer but talking about it really helps to hone our existing ideas and often create whole new ideas. I always leave a Write Now sesh with at least five brand new characters and/or stories germinating in my head.
Large Meeting Room, In the Attic, Up the Spiral Staircase, Through the Bar, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, Planet Earth.
Every other Tuesday, 7-9pm term time only. (email firstname.lastname@example.org for Autumn dates)
Unlike a lot of other writing groups, we have the advantage of having a real life, published, working, human playwright to lead the way. Emma Hill is our resident expert in all things theatre. The rest of us are theatre and writing enthusiasts. Apart from Emma, there are no professional writers among us (yet) but we are all really good and brilliant and funny.
Traditionally, writing is a solitary activity. But writing for theatre definitely lends itself to writing groups. We are able to bring our works in progress to the group and hear our characters come to life, through group readings. This is where we discover if our ideas actually work and whether our characters are believable. Yeah, you can always ask friends and family to read your scripts but there’s something quite delicious about sharing your work with peers. We give each other honest and constructive feedback. Everyone has the opportunity to discuss any issues / ideas that they have about their own stuff.
There are usually about 6 sessions per term. Each session is £8 and paid upfront at the beginning of term. I think the cost is slightly less for students but I am not a student so I don’t take note of such things.
I originally joined Write Now following an active search for writing groups and stumbling across it on the LBT website. I have always been a writer in secret but I wanted to meet other writers. I was also interested in developing my somewhat non-existent dialogue writing skills within the stories I was scribbling. What better way to do this than to dive into a writing medium that deals almost solely in dialogue!?
If you are a writer in West Yorkshire, wanting to develop your scriptwriting skills (or even if you just find yourself at a loss for what to do of a Tuesday evening, we’re not picky) Write Now is the place for you! So, do pop along, wielding the writing implement of your choice, a sprinkling of theatre lovin’ enthusiasm, a big wodge of lined paper and join the fun!
Check out the Lawrence Batley Theatre website here
Email email@example.com or call 01484 430528 for more information