Playwriting Opportunity: Mentoring Project (Wales)

Ty Newydd National Writers Centre for Wales

Tutor: Kaite O’Reilly

Dec 7 – 9, 2012 and April 12 – 14, 2013 (2 weekends, with email contact between)

This unusual course offers aspiring writers for live performance the rare opportunity of developing a new short play with guidance, tuition and dramaturgical feedback over a 4 month period by award winning writer, Kaite O’Reilly. It is designed for those who are new to the medium but serious about their writing, who wish to develop their skills as a dramatist in a supportive but professional environment. The focus will be on process—storylining, creating characters, plot, and dramatic tension, and developing the dramaturgical skills required to structure, shape, revise and so complete a short script. Deadlines will be given for completing drafts, with full feedback and reports by Kaite, with advice and exercises on further strengthening the script.
Owing to the unique form of this course and the individual attention that will be given, there will only be 8 participants. If you wish to apply please send your booking form with a short writing history.
For information, fees, booking forms etc. contact Tŷ Newydd:
tynewydd@literaturewales.org
01766 522811
www.tynewydd.org

Kaite O’Reilly has won various awards for her work, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), finalist of the 2009 International Susan Smith Blackburn Award for The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru) and 2010/11 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for her retelling of Aeschylus’s Persians (National Theatre Wales). In Water I’m Weightless, with National Theatre Wales, premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre in August 2012, before transferring to London’s Southbank Centre as part of the official Cultural Olympiad. An experienced tutor and mentor, Kaite has taught playwriting and dramaturgy at Universities and theatres across the UK (Exeter, Graeae Theatre, Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep’, amongst others) as well as internationally (KNUA, Seoul; ITI, Singapore; Evora Festival, Portugal). Further information on Kaite can be found at www.kaiteoreilly.com

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