Courses

2013 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly          
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 6, 13, 20, 27 April; 4, 11, 18, 25 May 2013, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2013 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 8, 15, 22 June; 6, 13, 20, 27 July 2013, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $800; Member: $560; Conc Member: $480

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national & international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the national and international theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will be workshopping your own developing plays. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2014 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly          
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March; 12, 26 April; 3 May 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2014 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 30 August; 6, 13, 20 September; 11, 18, 25 October; 1 November 2014, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2015 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Play Writing

Who: Timothy Daly  
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 21, 28 February; 7, 21, 28 March; 11, 18 April; 2 May 2015, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2015 Monologue Magic

Who: Vanessa Bates
When:
Sunday 3 May 2015, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110           
Level:
All

This full day writing for theatre workshop sees participants work with playwright Vanessa Bates to create, write and develop their own monologue. The workshop will look generally at writing for theatre but hone in on the creation of character and voice. Vanessa will take you through several creative exercises to explore the magic of monologues. Her play The Magic Hour starring acclaimed actor Ursula Yovich is made up of a series of monologues based on fairy tales and part of the workshop will examine these monologues and look at how they were written and developed. This workshop is practical – come prepared to write, to read and to perform (a little!). Above all be prepared to enjoy yourself!
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2015 Dramatic Studio: Advanced Play Writing Techniques

Who: Timothy Daly
When:
8 x Saturday afternoons: 10, 17, 24, 31 October; 14, 21, 28 November; 5 December, 1pm-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530

These eight intensive sessions are designed to teach you the techniques for writing full-length plays and selling them to the national and international theatre markets.

Each week you will receive comprehensive notes and information, based on Timothy Daly’s knowledge and extensive experience of the Australian and overseas theatre scene.  In the second half of each session you will workshop your own writing. A specific ‘selling strategy’ will be designed for each participant and their play. .....

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2015 Playwriting 101

Who: Caleb Lewis
When: Saturday 21 November, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110

Great stories help us to know ourselves better by offering insights into the minds of others. In books we read what characters think; cinema observes how they behave; while at the theatre we listen to what they say.

Playwriting, then, is concerned with language as it is spoken and the best playwrights are those who listen, paying close attention to the subtleties of voice, tone, idiom and vocabulary, and in particular, to what we say and what we don’t say. .....

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2016 The Fundamentals of 21st Century Playwriting

Who: Timothy Daly        
When: 8 x Saturday afternoons: 27 February; 5, 12 March; 2, 9, 16, 30 April; 7 May, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost:
Full price: $880; Member: $615; Conc Member: $530
Level:
All

The emphasis in this comprehensive course is on learning the techniques of contemporary theatre writing by seeing the results of your work acted out in front of you each week.

You will receive extensive notes, along with creative writing exercises which Timothy Daly has devised over many years of teaching writing to all levels, from beginner to fellow professional. The first half of each session is devoted to the learning of new writing concepts in combination with the extensive and fully-illustrated lesson notes. In addition, theatre group visits will be organised, along with follow-up discussions of the performances. The second half of each session will be devoted to the reading, workshopping and analysis of your developing plays and creative exercises. .....

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2016 A Play in Two Days

Who: Hilary Bell
When:
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full price: $350; Member: $250; Conc Member: $210
Level: Beginner and intermediate aspiring playwrights. As we will be starting from scratch, it is preferable to come prepared to write a new play rather than work on a pre-existing idea.

Do you write for the stage? Whether you’re just starting out or looking for a refresher, in this practical course multi award-winning playwright Hilary Bell will take you through the fundamentals of playwriting. .....

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2016 You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue - only 2 places left!

Who: George Merryman
When:
Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm
Cost:
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Level: Beginner/Intermediate

There are limited places in this course. Please call to enrol on (02) 9555 9757.

Dialogue should be the easiest part of writing, shouldn’t it? We all talk. Every day. All the time. We’re experts in talking, experts in dialogue. And yet writing truthful dialogue is one of the biggest challenges writers face.

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