Professional Development

Playwrights tend to want simple things. The narrative goes something like this: “How do I get work, how do I earn money from what I do and how can I get better at what I do, so I can get more and better work?”.

At writernet I devised, resourced and delivered a range of professional development programmes, with this in mind, but also with a passionate commitment to diversifying the landscape in which playwrights could work and could see themselves working

I co-produced Expos 2001 & 2002 – a collaboration with Soho Theatre – a one-day and then two-day professional development Expo with practical workshops, panels discussions with industry specialists, writer surgeries as part of Soho Theatre and Writers Centre’s Writers Festival. (2001-2002)

I produced Pathways – a research and networking initiative which was designed to gather and disseminate information about and for writers working in performance mediums. Pathways created a study of current employment activities for writers in the South East region, detailing who, where, what, when, how and why; provided information about new opportunities and areas of industry growth (for example New Media companies, Arts & Health initiatives); provided a map of current provisions for learning and professional development pertinent to writers. (2001-2002)

I co-produced Out of Context An afternoon event at Stratford Circus, co-hosted with new writing company Pursued by a Bear and in association with the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Out of Context explored the role of the writer in the wider community and brought writers together with practitioners whose work had been focused in contexts such as schools, prisons, health, regeneration and inclusion. (2002)

I programmed and co-produced It Isnt Fixed in association with Graeae and Arcola Theatre – a day of artist conversation, provocations, Open Space on the challenges and opportunities facing playwrights and those involved in making playwriting happen (2008)

I saw that writernet could do more if it collaborated with other literature focused organisations. I was part of the consortium with the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE), National Association for Literature Development (NALD), Apples and Snakes, Lapidus and Survivors which created literaturetraining as a vehicle for delivering professional development for writers working in prose, poetry and performance

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