This year’s theme for London Writers’ Week is to provide access to and showcase the best new ideas going on in terms of writing for and using Digital Media in the UK. With the growth of Netflix, Amazon, BBC Three going online and theatre productions use of digital media, we hope the week provides an insight into and advice on some of the best new ideas in the UK.

Just announced: This year’s London Writers’ Week is also a benefit for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, with 100% of profits from the week going to help victims, supported by The Tabernacle, Notting’s Hill theatre and arts centre at the heart of the community – previous events at The Tabernacle include events with Adele, Lily Allen and others. If you are not able to attend the week in person, you can purchase a Donation ticket and receive email highlights from the week.

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July 2016
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The Writers Guild of Great Britain: Too true? The aesthetics and ethics of fact-based theatre

July 6, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   Fact-based theatre has been among the dominant drama forms of this century. Why is this so? How is it made and what is its political purpose? Is it just journalism carried on by other means? What are its rules of engagement? Where is it headed?   These questions will be discussed by the four leading writers of fact-based theatre. Alecky Blythe pioneered her tape-based play-making technique with Come out Eli and The Girlfriend Experience, going on to revolutionise…

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Free

Writing for the Community: In Conversation with Alexander Ferris, Director of Old Vic New Voices

July 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview In this free London Writers’ Week discussion, Alexander Ferris, Director of Old Vic New Voices, will be In Conversation with Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers’ Week, discussing the Old Vic New Voices community company which comes to the end of a three year project this year. Offering essential advice on writing for the community for anyone interested in this area, this free session will explore how the Old Vic New Voices community company has worked, how it has…

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London Playwrights Blog: The Dark Horse Festival (Industry Showcase)

July 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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 Overview    This showcase is targeted at industry attendees. The Dark Horse Festival showcases the best unproduced scripts in London, selected by London Playwrights Workshop. The showcase will feature rehearsed readings of script excerpts of five new plays from the most exciting new voices in London. Selected through nominations from new writing theatres and contacts with emerging playwrights, this script festival shows the wide range of London’s playwriting talent, and celebrates the new work being created in this community.  …

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Free

University Women in the Arts: Kate Rowland

July 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview London Writers’ Week is delighted to be hosting the first University Women in the Arts free event. This new scheme is designed to provide access to the advice of 15 women leading the way in the arts and is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at Universities in the UK, but anyone is welcome to attend the free public events. Kate Rowland is the founder of BBC Writersroom, former Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC,…

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New Writing Platform with Tim Crouch

July 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   The new MA Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins is delighted to announce the tenth event in their New Writing Platform series.   The tenth New Writing Platform event will be run in partnership with writer, actor and director Tim Crouch and will be on Tim’s recent residency with SpyMonkey in the MA Dramatic Writing Lab and on his practice and exploring new ideas for developing work for the theatre.   The event will…

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£5

London Playwrights Blog: The Dark Horse Festival (Public Performance)

July 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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 Overview    This showcase is open to the general public. The Dark Horse Festival showcases the best unproduced scripts in London, selected by London Playwrights Workshop. The showcase will feature rehearsed readings of script excerpts of five new plays from the most exciting new voices in London. Selected through nominations from new writing theatres and contacts with emerging playwrights, this script festival shows the wide range of London’s playwriting talent, and celebrates the new work being created in this community.…

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Free

The Arts Council: Grants for the Arts and funding priorities for theatre

July 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   In this free event, a representative from the Arts Council will be in conversation with Jennifer Tuckett, Director of London Writers Week, discussing the Arts Council’s grants for the arts scheme, funding priorities for theatre, and offering advice on how to apply for grants o the arts.   This discussion is for you if…   You’re a writer who wants to learn more about applying for Grants for the Arts You’re a theatre artist of any kind who…

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BBC Writersroom: How can theatre writers make the transition to writing for radio and screen?

July 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   Join Head of BBC Writersroom Anne Edyvean for this free discussion on how theatre writers can make the transition to writing for radio and screen and the opportunities available at the BBC.     This discussion is for you if…   You’re a writer who’d like to find out more about writing for radio and screen You want to learn more about how the BBC works in terms of new writing You want to make the transition from…

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£6 - £8

Tamasha: “Half of Me”: A Scratch Night

July 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   A selection of pieces inspired by the experiences of people born by assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs).   Award-winning playwright Satinder Chohan and Fin Kennedy, writer and Artistic Director of Tamasha have worked with Central Saint Martins MA Dramatic Writing students in a series of workshops to create pieces based on this rich, complex and largely untapped area.   Satinder Chohan has been writer-in-residence at the Centre for Family Research (CFR), exploring their work and developing creative ideas in…

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NAWE: Myths of the Near Future

July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins,
Handyside Street, Kings Cross
London, N1C 4AA United Kingdom
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Overview   The NAWE Young Writers’ Hub is an information resource, online community and development agency for young writers and publishes a triennial journal of new writing by under 25s called Myths of the Near Future.   In this workshop, suitable for writers of all abilities, join young writers’ co-ordinator and editor of Myths of the Near Future, Wes Brown for an introductory session covering the craft of writing and getting yourself out there as a writer.   This discussion…

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