Writing for the Stage

Writing for the Stage Course – The Basics


A 15hour course over five 3hr sessions, ‘Writing for the Stage-The Basics‘ gives you an inspiring hands-on experience whether you are a beginner with a desire to start developing your own scripts or an experienced playwright in search of an inspiring boost.

The course consists of a balanced program that covers the basics of script writing for the stage with reference to the works of a selection of all-time beloved playwrights, in conjunction with a more personal approach where you may experiment with your own writing. Developed and delivered by the Paris based teacher, playwright and theatre maker, Anton Bonnici, this course aims to fill a sadly still neglected area in the Parisian Anglo-theatre scene – training in professional writing for the stage.


Dates – Monday 1st to Friday 5th of July 2019

Time – 7pm to 10pm

Venue – to be announced

Price – The full price is 350eur – 50eur at the time of registration prior to the start of the course, and 300eur at the start of the course on the 1st session.

Payments can be made in Cheque, Cash or Bank Transfer.

Course Programme:

Session 1 – Habits, Stories & Structures

Session 2 – Opening Moments

Session 3 – Anatomy of a Scene Part 1

Session 4 – Anatomy of a Scene Part 2

Session 5 – Climax and Resolution

Over the five sessions we’ll be exploiting each topic to discuss practical difficulties that every playwright must face, but also more specific obstacles that the individual writers on the course are facing in their own writing.

To elucidate on specific strategies and choices we shall explore excerpts from a selection of texts by William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen, Thornton Wilder, Peter Shaffer, Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard, David Mamet, Caryl Churchill and others.

Each session will involve a lecture based analysis of a text excerpt followed with group discussion and individual writing exercises to test out specific skills and writing strategies.

No prior reading or knowledge of the texts is necessary for the course. All reading materials will be provided.     

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