In an endeavour to make this course more accessible Live Theatre has created an online version which offers a distance learning approach to the art of playwriting. www.beaplaywright.com launched in November 2010 and now has an active online community of budding playwrights all learning the craft of playwriting.
Facilitated by a theatre with a proven track record in nurturing and supporting writing talent, the www.beaplaywright.com online course 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.
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.
'Thanks to all at beaplaywright.com and Live Theatre for their excellent guidance, insightful comments and expert support. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone looking for a boost to their all round creative and theatrical writing skills.' Nicola Owen, Be A Playwright Student (completed the course in October 2011).