National Young Writers Month – Day 24 – Playwriting

As part of my internship with Express Media, I am currently in charge of orchestrating National Young Writer’s Month (NYWM).(Published in NYWM site)

DAY 24

Love theatre but hate acting? If so, then playwriting may be just the thing for you.

The thought process to playwriting is similar to that of novel writing. First you need to look at the kind of genre you’d be interested in. Then produce an outline, then a draft then a final copy. For more information about the creative process, take a look at our Day 7 post.

But submitting your play isn’t as simple as emailing it to a publishing house and awaiting confirmation. As a playwright, you have to bear in mind that your play will be transformed into physical theatre. Because of this, you should be looking to gain constant feedback about your work.

A good way to do this is by attending playwright discussions, where you can read out your play and garnering criticism and feedback from other theatre enthusiasts. Places such as Playwrighting Australia offer workshops that do exactly this.

If you need more assistance about playwriting, check out this awesomeinterview with established dramatist Will Dunne, where he discusses criticism, the creative process and inspiration.

Opportunities and events

We’re always on the lookout for writers to be featured as part of NYWM. If you’re happy to answer a few questions about you and your writing, please fill out this form.

Hessian Magazine, a new independent publication, are currently on the lookout for an editorial assistant to join their team. Availabilities should be either Thursday or Friday and tasks including writing, editing and marketing. More details here.

Backyard Opera, one of Sydney’s largest online publications is on the hunt for a intern to join their team. Check out the listing here.

“There’s a kind of a fundamental irresponsibility in playwriting, and the strength of playwriting comes from that irresponsibility.” – Tony Kushner

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