• Study for a postgraduate qualification provided in partnership with three leading UK theatres
• Learn proven playwriting techniques from an established practitioner
• Build valuable professional contacts.
The course is suitable for emerging writers, recent graduates or more experienced writers who are keen to develop their career as a professional playwright.
This course is your opportunity to learn the fundamentals of playwriting from three of the UK’s leading theatres:
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse
The Octagon Theatre, Bolton.
You will spend 50% of your time studying at these theatres. Plus you will receive instruction and guidance from a professional playwright and you will write several plays.
This course will give you a real-world insight into how theatres are run and how a professional playwright works in the industry.
• Playwriting: the Professional Context
• Writing Workshop
• Playwriting: the Production Context
• Literary Research Practice
• Dissertation: Creative Project
We anticipate that many of the graduates of this course will go on to forge successful careers as professional playwrights. Other typical career paths following graduation include writer, director, actor, producer, literary development and script editing, theatre administration and marketing, positions in the scriptwriting industry, and teaching.
Graduates of in-house playwriting courses at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse and Octagon Theatre Bolton have gone to work as leading professional playwrights and work in other roles in the theatre, writing and arts industries. The Royal Exchange Theatre runs the UK's biggest playwriting award, The Bruntwood Prize, which has begun the careers of many emerging playwrights, while the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse runs the Everyword Festival of new writing, and the Octagon Theatre Bolton has twice been awarded the Writers Guild Award for the Encouragement of New Writing. A number of graduates of the undergraduate Playwriting module at the University of Salford
have gone on to professional experience and work as playwrights, writers, theatre producers, directors, actors, in theatre administration, for the BBC and in teaching.
Applicants will most often have a good honours degree although candidates will also be accepted on the basis of their creative work.