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Introduction to Scriptwriting 18+

Course | Stage Two


Learn about the craft of scriptwriting through masterclasses and workshops. The course provides opportunities to learn how to generate stories, create characters, write dialogue and structure scripts.

By the end of the course, you will have an extensive knowledge of dramaturgy, built up a portfolio of work and where appropriate will have had the opportunity to hear your own work in a shared reading by our own acting students. No writing experience necessary.

“I would highly recommend this course. It’s suitable for writers of all levels.” – Participant

AGES: 18+
DATES: 28 April – 7 July 2020 (excluding half term on 26 May 2019)
DAYS & TIMES: Tuesdays 7-9pm, 10 weeks
COST: £120 per 10 week course
VENUE: Stage Two

The course will be led by East Anglian scriptwriter James McDermott. James trained at UEA where he graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Scriptwriting. James has participated on The Royal Court Writers Program 2017 and Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab 2016. His short plays include ‘Fast Food’ starring Jude Law (Lyric Hammersmith), ‘Ordinary Boys’ (Royal Court) and ‘Man Hug’ (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds). Following a critically acclaimed run at Pleasance Islington, James is currently touring the country with his solo play ‘Rubber Ring’ which won Pulse Festival’s Suitcase Prize 2017. James has taught scriptwriting at Norwich Theatre Royal, New Wolsey Ipswich and Greshams School.

“James McDermott’s workshops helped me to discover new ideas and find solutions to existing problems in stories I’m writing through some excellent and insightful exercises. He was an affable workshop leader with a deep and wide knowledge of how to write theatre” Martin Figura, Spoken Word Artist 

 “It was inspiring to get into the mind of a writer and of the method required to create a script” Laurie Brooks, Norwich Theatre Royal Silver Stagers

 “Such an interesting and inspiring workshop” Jill Catmull, English Teacher at Springwood High School Kings Lynn 

Creative Writing Courses at Norwich Theatre Royal
Norwich Theatre Royal now offer the following creative writing courses:

For enquiries about the course contact Stage Two reception on 01603 598600, or email stagetwo@theatreroyalnorwich.

Activities are dependent on minimum numbers participating, in the event that we need to cancel due to low participant numbers, a full refund will be given. We are unable to offer refunds in other circumstances.

We work hard to ensure best practise and the safety of all who attend our activities. To do this we have a number of policies and procedures in place to support our participants and visitors.

Please take a moment to read our Terms and Conditions, Participants Guidance and associated policies on the Take Part / Information section of our website. Alternatively paper copies are available at our reception in Stage Two.