A.C. Smith

Scriptwriter & Songwriter

Finding Your Voice – 8 Week Course for London Playwrights Workshop

What does it mean to have a ‘voice’ as a writer? Why is it important? And how do you go about discovering yours?

Dialogue, character, structure – every writer who wishes to create plays needs to master these basic building blocks. But what’s next? How do you use these tools to say something that really feels worth saying? How do you find and share the stories only you can tell?

Finding Your Voice is an eight-week, intermediate-level course that will help you develop and discover your own unique voice and style.

This is the course for you if you’re looking for:

  • New ways to make your writing stand out from the crowd
  • Greater confidence in sharing your writing and talking about your work
  • Fresh techniques to get excited by your writing or beat a creative block.
  • A stronger sense of knowing who you are as a writer
  • An intensive experience to inspire your greatest creativity

Finding Your Voice features a mixture of at-home assignments and in-class writing exercises. Writers will be expected to prepare work to share in class every week – because the best way to develop as a writer is to write.

The class has a supportive and encouraging atmosphere to encourage writers to take risks and uncover new aspects of their unique voice.

Discovering one’s voice as a writer is an ongoing journey, but this class will give participants a leg-up in identifying their distinctive qualities and trusting this process of discovery.

Course Structure

The first four weeks of the course contain focused exercises that help writers hone their instinct for story, and unlock their strengths in relation to character, language, and world-building.  There is a one-week break in the middle of the course to allow participants to reflect and process their discoveries.  The final four weeks build on this foundation, with increasing freedom for the writers to tailor the exercises to their own needs and skills while continuing to produce new work every week.

Please note that this is an exercise-based course designed to open up new creative avenues, sharpen the writer’s toolkit, and extend the imagination.  This class is not suited to writers who only want to focus on a single work or material of their own choosing.

When and where

When: 9 February – 6 April 2017 on Thursday afternoons from 3-5pm (please note there is no class on March 9)

Where: RADA Studios, 16 Chenies St, London WC1E 7EX (nearest tube: Goodge Street)

How to apply

Applications can be made via London Playwrights Blog. Writers are asked to submit:

  1. A 3-5 page writing sample
  2. A short application form


Image: Andy Morffew via Flickr Commons (CC Licence)

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