EMERGE: Call out for Writers Group Participants
Are you an emerging theatre writer? Do you want to spend time with other writers and arts professionals to develop a new script? And do you want help in getting your work produced?
Then the Emerge Writers Group could be for you. We're going to work with a group of 8 writers over the course of the next year as each of them develops a new full-length piece. They will become a mentoring group and take part in workshops, masterclasses and theatre trips, as well as exploring how to get work produced and have extracts from their pieces performed script-in-hand.
Emerge is a development programme for theatre-makers and writers in the north. We think that there's a wealth of talent in our region, and we aim and make a big noise about it, helping to get work made and connected with the rest of the industry. Partners in the project include lead producer LittleMighty, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bradford Theatre in the Mill, Slung Low's HUB, the New Bradford Playhouse, Red Ladder, Freedom Studios, DEP Arts and the Writing Sqaud. The project is part funded by money from Leeds Inspired.
What will happen on the course?
The group will meet once per month - normally on a Saturday afternoon, and often with a theatre trip to follow in the evening. These sessions will include workshops with established writers, provisionally including names like John Donnelly (Headlong Theatre/The Royal Court), Emma Adams (Red Ladder/The Enough Project) and many more. We'll also have sessions with professionals involved in the commissioning and programming of work in our region, including producers and venue programmers.
We will have various opportunities through the year to get your work on its feet, such as script nights and showcases at the partner venues, including the Emerge festival in February. We will actively work with you to think about opportunities for getting your work made, including help with funding.
We'll also be joining forces with the Writing Squad for a special weekend workshop exploring the place of writing within devising and "new work".
How to apply
Please send us the following in order to help us decide if you're right for the course:
- A side of A4 telling us about yourself and why you'd like to take part. Tell us about your relevant experience and a little bit about a piece of writing you'd like to develop during the year.
- A sample of your script writing. This should be no longer than 10 pages in length. Please do not send us your full length script - we won't have time to read it and won't look at more than the first 10 pages. Send us the best bit!
The closing date for your applications is Wednesday 2 October at 5pm.
The decision will be made by a panel of professionals drawn from our partners.
Writers do not have to be from Leeds orBradford, but should be within commuting distance in order to take part in regular monthly sessions. Unfortunately we can't give detailed feedback on everyone's application.
If you have any particular access needs that you would like to discuss with us, then please do get in touch.
Get in touch
Once your application is complete then please send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is also the address to send any questions or queries you may have about the course, which we will do our best to answer.
We prefer to receive applications by email but if you want to send it by post then please forward it to: LittleMighty; c/o Red Ladder, Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter's Buildings,York Street,Leeds,LS9 8AJ.