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Ten weeks. Ten pages. One play.


Can you tell us a story in ten minutes? 

In our next OSO Writers' Studio, you'll have ten weeks to write a ten minute play on the theme of 'conflicts.'

Developing your script through feedback from other playwrights, each session will focus on different elements of storytelling. What's more, you'll be able to 'test run your material with actors and directors in week six, before building to a final showcase performance to be staged in our professional venue.

Writers of all levels welcome.

The OSO would like to thank the Barnes Literary Society (BLS) for kindly supporting this course.

Course dates: every Sunday from 14 January - 17 March (inclusive). See handbook for times.

Showcase: Sunday 17 March

Applications close 13 January

£150 Course Fee

 £135 for OSO Members 



Will I need to prepare anything in between sessions?

Yes, we will be asking you to bring in your writing for discussion. 


Will I have to read out my own writing?

The aim of this course is to develop your writing through feedback from others, and we therefore ask that participants share their work and are open to differing opinions! Our facilitator will always be happy to read out your work if you feel uncomfortable doing so.


Will my play definitely be performed if I’m accepted on the course?

Yes, providing that you attend at least five of the workshop sessions.


Will I receive tuition?

This course aims at collective development through feedback from other writers, so while we won’t be telling you exactly how to write your play, we will be facilitating the discussion.


I don’t have any experience with writing plays. Can I still apply?

Absolutely. The purpose of the workshop is to give talented individuals the opportunity to develop their work and perform in a professional setting. 


I am an experienced playwright. What would I get out of writing a play?

There will be other experienced writers on the course who will offer a good forum to exchange ideas. You will also have the opportunity to bring your talent to the attention of the OSO theatre. 


How involved do I have to be with the actors and the director?
Once your play is finished and in the hands of the director, it is encouraged that you take a step back and let them take over in bringing your piece to life. 

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