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Be A Playwright Online Playwriting Course

In 2010 Live Theatre created www.beaplaywright.com, an online distance learning approach to the art of playwriting, drawing on the success of it's successful in-house writing course called An Introduction to Playwriting

www.beaplaywright.com launched in November 2010 and now has an active online community of over 100 budding playwrights from around the world learning the craft of playwriting.

Facilitated by a theatre with a proven track record in nurturing and supporting writing talent, www.beaplaywright.com consists of five modules which allow students to progress at a speed that suits them. Each module tackles an aspect of playwriting through text, video and audio tutorials and filmed excerpts of material including interviews with award-winning writers such as Lee Hall (The Pitmen Painters) and Alan Plater (Close the Coalhouse Door).

The philosophy of the course is not to provide a ‘how-to’ of playwriting, rather a stimulating environment where students are asked to think about their art and craft in a more intense way, to help writers find their own voice.

Students on the solo version of the course which costs £95, work through the online modules, whereas students pay £495 for the interactive version of the course, which also offers fortnightly online discussions and practical feedback from experts at Live Theatre including a detailed critique of their final play.  

The development of www.beaplaywright.com was supported by Arts Council England, Business Link and a social investment loan from The Esmée Fairburn Foundation and Venturesome Capital.