New Writing Programme

KDC’s New Writing Programme is back!

Submissions to the programme are now closed. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear when submissions open again!

“The KDC Writing Group has enabled me to sharpen my tools as a newbie playwright. It also provides valuable opportunities see how my plays work in front of an audience, thanks to the regular rehearsed readings. As a result, my confidence has grown greatly.”

Jacky Rowland

About the New Writing Programme

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 Programme aims to do all of that, and more. Consisting of 5 monthly working sessions, the programme focuses on 5 things:

  • Developing existing work further
  • Inspiring new writing through exercises and briefs
  • Teaching writing techniques and dramaturgy
  • Preparing writers for working on productions of their work
  • Providing a support network of other writers

This year the New Writing Programme is adopting a hybrid model. Sessions will take place once a month in-person at Theatre Deli in Leadenhall with the first hour of each class taught via Zoom by experienced writer Rachael Carnes from America. During the final hour a selection of each month’s homework will be read out live by handpicked actors, enabling writers to hear their work out loud.

The sessions will be supported by a private 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 event, 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.

There are limited spots available in the New Writing Programme 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!).

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.


  • Thursday, 17 November 2022
  • Thursday, 15 December 2022
  • Thursday, 19 January 2023
  • Thursday, 16 February 2023
  • Thursday, 16 March 2023.

Participants in the New Writing Group who are not already members of KDC will join by paying the KDC membership fee.*

All participants in the new writing group, (both new and old members) will also pay the participation fee. Please check our fees on our membership page.

The participation covers all 5 sessions, the rehearsed readings event, 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 Programme, please fill out the form below by 11 November.

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.

Apply here