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Playwright Mentoring Programme

Now in its eighteenth year, Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is delighted to offer six playwrights support through the Playwright Mentoring Programme. This support is for playwrights who have not yet had a professional production and are keen to learn more about their craft. It is a professional development opportunity for playwrights to build their playwriting skills and writing community, working towards completing a draft of a new play.

The Playwright Mentoring Programme follows an eight month structure which includes one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions, financial support, skills sessions, and opportunities to widen your creative community.

Playwright Mentoring Sessions: Six one-to-one playwright mentoring sessions with an established professional playwright, who will support you from initial idea to the first draft of a new, full-length play. This support gives you the space and time to experiment with your writing and grow in confidence as a playwright.

Financial Support: To cover seven days of your time in contact with your mentor and with Playwrights' Studio, we will pay you a rate of £150 per day. The total amount you will receive is £1,050.

Skills Sessions: The skills sessions are group activities available to you as a playwright currently being supported by Playwrights' Studio. They are designed to enhance your skills and knowledge of the theatre industry, give you the opportunity to ask questions and think about the other sides of being a playwright that don't necessarily involve writing. These often take the form of workshops, Q&A's and panel discussions.

Community: Playwrights' Studio will create space for you to make connections with your peers within the industry. This includes the Playwright Induction Day, a group visit to the theatre, invitations to meet other practitioners in Scottish theatre and social events with other playwrights.

Applications deadline: 5pm, Monday 25 October 2021

To be eligible to apply for a Playwright Mentoring Programme, you should:

- Have some experience of creative writing

- Not yet have had a full professional production

- Have a specific idea you want to develop into a full-length play

- Be able to commit to an eight-month intense programme

You should also:

- Be resident in Scotland.

- Be available on 14 January 2022 for the Playwright Induction Day.

We are unable to accept applications from playwrights who:

- Are in full-time formal education (i.e. 16 hours or more per week) at the start of the Playwright Mentoring Programme. If you are in part-time education, please contact us to discuss your options.

- Have directly received support from Playwrights' Studio in the previous 18 months (this doesn't include attending workshops or groups run by us).

If you are in any doubt regarding your eligibility, please contact us at