Advanced Playwriting

with Sam Potter


1.HOW TO WRITE EVERY DAY (Tips, strategies and writing exercises to help you hit your deadlines, stay creative and be productive. )

2.ADVANCED STRUCTURE (Tools and processes to structure your work which go beyond classic 3 act5 act structure.)

3.DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING (Exercises and ideas to help you improve your dialogue, scene delivery and characterisation.)

4.DIFFERENT FISH NEED DIFFERENT BAIT (A session looking at how to find the best form for your idea.)

5.THE HUSSLE (The business side of being a freelance writer.)


Sam Potter is a writer and director. She trained at Dartington College of Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the National Theatre and the RSC. As a director, she has worked at Hampstead Theatre, RSC, National Theatre and Glyndebourne Opera.
Her debut play, MUCKY KID, which opened at Theatre 503 in 2013, earned her a Most Promising New Playwright Offie nomination and a place on the 2015 Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme.

In 2015
16 she was Papatango's Resident Playwright, supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund, and was one of five writers invited to take part in the Tricycle's inaugural New Writers' Programme, NW6.

In 2017, she was appointed Writer in Residence at the North Wall in Oxford and her play CHARLIE CHARLIE reached the Top 40 of the Bruntwood Award and was long listed for the Verity Bargate Award.

In January 2018 her play HANNA opened at the Arcola, produced by Papatango, before embarking on a UK tour. In 2020, her play NIGHTHAWK was long listed for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Playwriting.

Writing credits include: THE UNICORN (Alchymy Festival), METCALFE & SONS (Lamda), SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE (North Wall and Edinburgh Festival), HANNA (Arcola and UK Tour), THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD, SAME (Oxford School of Drama, Soho Theatre), DANIEL (New Plays Festival, Tricycle Theatre), TUESDAY PLAY (Daily Plays by Etch, Squint,The Pleasance Theatre), MUCKY KID (Theatre 503).

Course details:
Every Monday for 5 weeks between 2pm and 5pm.

Start date: Monday 16th of November
End date: Monday 14th of December

The price is inclusive of all 5 sessions.

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