New Writing Group

Always wanted to write but never knew where to start? Folder full of plays in progress but stuck on how to finish them? Feeling like your work doesn’t get picked to be staged? Looking for a supportive group of other writers to motivate you?

KDC Theatre’s New Writing Group aims to do all of that, and more. Consisting of 5 monthly working sessions, the programme focuses on 4 things:

  1. Develop existing work further
  2. Inspire new writing through exercises and briefs (sometimes with actors!)
  3. Teach writing techniques and dramaturgy
  4. Provide a support network of other writers

The New Writing Group is an online programme so writers from across the world can join. Sessions will take place on weekends, once a month, and will be facilitated by the New Writing Coordinator and the New Writing Group Coordinator. The sessions will be supported by a closed Facebook group where writers can talk to each other, KDC Theatre will set small challenges and share news, and discuss the previous and next sessions.

The season culminates in a rehearsed readings night, where each writer will be able to showcase a piece of their own choosing. KDC Theatre will produce the night, cast actors and directors, and facilitate rehearsals. The event will take place fully online and will be streamed live via Zoom.

There are 10 spots available in the New Writing Group each year. Writers can apply by filling out the form at the bottom of this page, submitting a piece of example work (don’t worry if you don’t have any yet, there is a brief to write for!), and if you are short-listed there will be a short interview with the New Writing Coordinator.

If you are accepted, the New Writing Coordinator will send you an official invitation to join the group, and joining details. If you are not selected, you are welcome to join any of our open workshops, the Full Stack project, or apply again next year.

THE IMPORTANT DETAILS

2020/2021 full programme dates:

23 Janaury 2021
20 February 2021
20 March 2021
24 April 2021
22 May 2021
26 June 2021 (rehearsed readings night)

Time: 7-9pm GMT (London, UK)

If you’re not sure yet if you want to join the programme, sign up for the free taster session on 12 December, 7-9pm GMT!

Cost

If you are accepted into the New Writing Group, the cost for the 2020/2021 season will be £30. This covers all 5 sessions, the rehearsed readings night, and the Facebook group membership.

You will become a full member of KDC Theatre and will be able to vote in members meetings.

ready to sign up?

If the above has excited you and you’re keen to join the New Writing Group, please start the application process by filling out the form below.

If you are shortlisted, there will be a short interview with our New Writing Coordinator. If you have any questions before you want to join, contact us via our contact page.

    Please upload a sample of your work; minimum 2 pages (A4) and maximum 5 pages (A4). It doesn't have to be a full play, or even a finished play, or even a single play! Just send us something that shows your writing to us.

    If you don't have any work yet, please create something based on the brief below, and submit when you're done.

    We will not consider applications without samples, sorry!

    NB: This is not the application form for the New Writing taster session - this is for the New Writing Development Group programme only.

    Brief

    Character A has a problem. It’s an embarrassing problem but they need help from Character B. You can decide what the problem is, if Character B already knows about it or not, and if Character B is able to help or not.

    Character C finds out and is anything but a help. They might be mean about it, they might be funny about it, but they more hinder than help. They cause issues for Character A as they are trying to fix the problem.

    The play can be in any genre.
    Characters can be any gender, age, or ethnicity.
    Setting can be anywhere and any-when.
    Length: min. 2 A4 pages, max. 5 A4 pages.